Oscar-winning screenwriter-turned-opposition-leader Rustam Ibragimbekov already knew that going up against Azerbaijan's leader, Ilham Aliyev, in the country's presidential elections this October would pose a daunting challenge. But he’s finding that he must clear a big hurdle just to throw his hat in the ring.
The 74-year-old Ibragimbekov is a dual-citizen who lives in Moscow. To be eligible to run in Baku, he must renounce his Russian citizenship. And to expedite the process in time to qualify as a presidential candidate, it looks like he’ll need Russian President Vladimir Putin’s help.
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