When civil-rights activists, journalists and others government critics are imprisoned in Azerbaijan, they tend not to go alone. Figuratively speaking, they often take family members with them.
The price that some pay for the political activity of their relatives can be severe, including job loss, harassment or simply the inability to raise a child with a spouse. In at least one case, it may have cost a life.
In September 2013, the 75-year-old grandfather of Rashadat Akhundov, a jailed youth activist for the NIDA civic organization, killed himself after additional charges of causing and participating in violent mass disturbances were brought against his then 29-year-old grandson. Along with seven other NIDA members, Akhundov had been imprisoned six months earlier on drugs and weapons charges, accusations that international rights organizations considered politically motivated.
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