Rashad Ramazanov. Photo: https://haqqin.az/news/12807

21 May 2022, 11:53

Police detain critic of Azerbaijani authorities

In Baku, the police have detained blogger Rashad Ramazanov, who criticizes the Azerbaijani authorities on the social media, a spouse of the blogger’s reports.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that blogger Rashad Ramazanov (also known as Rashad Agaaddin) was detained in Baku in May 2013. According to the investigators’ information, the police confiscated heroin from the blogger. Rashad Ramazanov denied the charge of drug trafficking and stated that he was being persecuted for his posts on Facebook*. On November 13, 2013, a court sentenced Rashad Ramazanov to nine years of imprisonment. In March 2019, the blogger was pardoned by the President of Azerbaijan and released early.

According to his Facebook* page, Rashad Ramazanov is an author of books on philosophy, ecology, and history. On his Facebook* page, the blogger criticized the Azerbaijani authorities.

Kenul Ramazanova suggested that her husband was detained because of his critical posts on Facebook*. “My husband is not involved in anything related to drugs. He is a believer. Earlier, he was slandered in a similar way and put in jail because of criticism of the authorities,” the blogger’s wife explained.

* On March 21, the Tverskoi Court of Moscow banned the activities in Russia of the Meta Company, owning Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, in connection with extremist activities.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on May 20, 2022 at 06:49 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medjid Source: CK correspondent

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