Journalists in Baku, Azerbaijan spent six months digitizing this community before it was razed in October.
Leyla Yunus, the 59-year-old director of the Institute of Peace and Democracy, went on trial in July with her husband Arif. The two were charged with offences that observers have labeled "trumped-up."
Now the European Games are over, Azerbaijan's controversial trials are back on. A European politician told VICE News that the country "can get away with it because of business interests that are involved."
Azerbaijan spent billions to host the European Games, but residents of the area that provides much of the country’s wealth live anything but a life of luxury. VICE News visited the Balakhani oilfields.
As global demand for metals and minerals continues to skyrocket, mining companies are looking to strike it rich at the bottom of the sea — and environmental groups are trying to stop them.
Last week, Azerbaijan held a presidential election. To the surprise of absolutely no one, incumbent President Ilham Aliyev was elected for a third term, with 85 percent of the vote. The closest and essentially only opposing candidate, 61-year-old...