Azerbaijan Ratchets Up Pressure on Ismayilova

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(WASHINGTON – March 6, 2015)  In unscheduled, snap proceedings today, the Baku City Nasimi District Court extended investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova’s pre-trial detention for an additional two months, until May 24. 

According to the Azerbaijani state prosecutor’s office, the extension is necessitated by an investigation related to charges recently brought against RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service of operating as an illegal entity since 2008.  Authorities appear to be using these accusations as the basis for charges of tax evasion, illegal business activity, and abuse of power that were brought against Ismayilova on February 13.

RFE/RL and VOA report on the murder of Boris Nemtsov

Mumin Shakirov was part of RFE/RL's team that provided live streaming coverage of the Moscow march honoring slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Prominent Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was laid to rest on March 3 in Moscow after being shot dead close to the Kremlin on February 27, just days before a planned protest against the Kremlin.