Azerbaijan: Finding New Ways to Keep Government Critics in Line?

Many houses built in the suburbs of Baku near oil fields are being bulldozed by SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan. (Photo: Rena Effendi)

Rights activist Idrak Abbasov first learned that the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan had an interest in his suburban Baku home when he received a call from frantic family members telling him that company bulldozers had started demolition work.

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Khadija Ismayilova is a freelance reporter in Baku and hosts a daily program on current affairs broadcast by the Azeri Service of RFE/RL.

Azerbaijan: Finding New Ways to Keep Government Critics in Line?

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