Azerbaijan: Choosing Between Repressing Dissent and Western Loans

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev addresses officials and engineering crew working on the construction of Shah Deniz Stage 2, a critical project for the ambitious gas pipeline initiative called the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), on September 1, 2016. Azerbaijan must make legislative changes within four months that expand rights for local civil society organizations or risk losing billions of dollars in loans it needs to complete the SGC. (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)

Azerbaijan must make legislative changes within four months that expand rights for local civil society organizations, or risk losing billions of dollars in loans it needs to build a key gas pipeline.
 

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Joshua Kucera is the Turkey/Caucasus editor at EurasiaNet, and author of The Bug Pit. He is based in Istanbul.

Azerbaijan: Choosing Between Repressing Dissent and Western Loans

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