Azerbaijan is a country in the Southern Caucasus region. It is a member state of the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the NATO Partnership for Peace program.
Azerbaijan is situated on the Caspian Sea, and has borders to Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran. From 1920 to 1991, it was part of the Soviet Union. It has a population of almost 9,800,000 people. The capital of Azerbaijan is Baku. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content on Azerbaijan.
Luxury gifts, money and prostitutes: a report concluded that Pedro Agramunt likely accepted bribes from Azerbaijan in exchange for silencing criticism. He denied the charges — though he wished in part it were otherwise.
Investigators said they have "strong suspicions" that former members of the human rights body engaged in corruption. Azerbaijan is believed to have exerted influence to whitewash its human rights record.
The EU is looking for an alternative to Russia for its oil and gas supplies. But is Azerbaijan the right choice? The small nation is ruled with an iron fist, political dissent is forbidden and corruption seen as widespread. Now Azerbaijanis are voting in a snap election – but with a personality cult, is true democracy a possibility?