The court extended the arrest of Bakhtiyar Hajiyev for another two months

arrest of public activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev until April 28. The decision was made by Judge Rafael Sadikhov on the proposal of the investigation.


Earlier, the investigator visited Bakhtiyar Hajiyev and announced the need to conduct an examination of a telephone conversation between an activist and a woman who sued him for insult.


Lawyer Shahla Humbatova called the arguments of the investigation unreasonable and stated a protest.


Source: IRFS

Death toll from earthquakes in Türkiye rises to 43,556: Interior minister

The death toll from the powerful Feb. 6 earthquakes in southern Türkiye has risen to 43,556, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Wednesday, according to Anadolu Agency.


Soylu made the remarks during a live broadcast with the TRT Haber TV channel in Hatay, one of the 11 provinces that were hit by the quakes.


“This is one of the biggest earthquakes in the world,” he said.


The minister said it required a certain period of time to respond when faced with 26,000 collapsed homes during the first hours, and the earthquakes hit an area covering 110,000 square kilometers (42,471 square miles).


“This is the size of three Netherlands,” he added.


The powerful tremors were centered in Kahramanmaras and shook 10 other provinces — Hatay, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Malatya, Adana, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Osmaniye, Sanliurfa and Elazig.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Türkiye will begin constructing more than 200,000 homes as early as March in areas devastated by the earthquakes and complete the process within one year.


Source: Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting-AzTV

Former Russian Businessman Removed From Top Separatist Post Of Nagorno-Karabakh

Billionaire Ruben Vardanian, a former Russian citizen of Armenian descent, has been removed from the post of prime minister in the de facto government of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh less than four months after he was appointed, most of which has been dominated by an Azerbaijani blockade into the area.


Nagorno-Karabakh’s de facto ethnic-Armenian leader, Arayik Harutiunian, announced the decree on relieving Vardanian of his duties on February 23.


Harutiunian then offered the prime minister’s post to Nagorno-Karabakh’s de facto prosecutor general, Gurgen Nersisian.


Media reports in Armenia indicated that Azerbaijan had made the removal of Vardanian one of its conditions in reaching a peace agreement during ongoing talks between Baku and Yerevan.


He has also publicly clashed with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian over the role of Russian peacekeepers in the region, as well as being in office during an Azerbaijani blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh, now in its third month.


Vardanian publicly renounced his Russian citizenship in September and said he made the decision to move to Nagorno-Karabakh with an understanding of all the risks he may face.

He said at the time that after the 2020 Armenian-Azerbaijan war over Nagorno-Karabakh, which resulted in Azerbaijan’s regaining control over big chunks of the disputed region and seven adjacent districts, “Armenians around the whole world” must be together with Nagorno-Karabakh.


Nagorno-Karabakh, which along with the seven adjacent districts had been under ethnic Armenian control for nearly three decades prior to the war in 2020, is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.


The 2020 war ended with a Russia-brokered cease-fire under which Moscow deployed about 2,000 troops to the region to serve as peacekeepers.


Vardanian was born in the Armenian capital, Yerevan in 1968. He is the former chief executive officer of Russia’s Troika Dialog investment bank, which was bought by Sberbank in 2011.


In 2021, Forbes estimated Vardanian’s assets at $1 billion. Forbes has called Vardanian one of the “founding fathers” of Russia’s stock market.


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Demands of rally participants on Khankandi-Lachin road remain unchanged for 74 days

Although the weather is frosty, the protest on the Khankandi-Lachin road against the illegal exploitation of mineral deposits in the Karabakh economic region of Azerbaijan continues for the 74th day.


The demonstration, which started in the morning on December 12, 2022, continued throughout the last night.


The protesters are continuously provided with a warm place, hot drinks, and food.


There were no incidents during the night as security rules were followed at a high level.


As usual, the protesters started their day by singing the National Anthem of Azerbaijan. Later, they performed patriotic songs.


At the same time, eco-activists raise posters written in Azerbaijani, Russian, and English on both sides of the road and chant slogans calling to end ecocide.


Source: Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting-AzTV

Azerbaijan’s military pilots carry out training flights

According to the combat training plan for 2023 approved by the Azerbaijan Defense Minister, training flights were conducted with the Air Force helicopter units.


Citing the Ministry of Defense that in accordance with the plan, the helicopters carried out flights from base airfields on identified routes.


During the training, held to improve the combat skills of helicopter crews, the assigned tasks have been successfully accomplished.


Source: Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting-AzTV

Strengthening surgical skills contributes to emergency preparedness in the Republic of Moldova

Surgical staff in the Republic of Moldova attended a Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) course to strengthen their capacity to treat those injured in emergency settings. The training, developed and delivered by the David Nott Foundation, was hosted by WHO with funding provided by the European Union (EU).


During the course, 30 participants performed surgical techniques on simulator models of whole bodies and organs. Working in this way equips and empowers surgical staff with the practical skills they need to deliver lifesaving care.


The course covers a broad range of surgical disciplines, including general surgery, head and neck surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, plastic surgery, and obstetric surgery. Normally, surgical staff often focus on 1 area of specialization, but in an emergency setting, they may be the only available medic with operating skills and may therefore be required to step in.


The course is delivered by trainers from different surgical specialties, many of whom have undertaken missions in active war zones. “By providing surgeons with a holistic overview of the basics required to save life and limb, well trained doctors are able to save more lives,” explains Ms Eleanor Nott, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of the David Nott Foundation.


The course, developed by renowned war surgeon Professor David Nott, is based on the broad range of trauma injuries he faced during 30 years of volunteering in conflict settings. This type of training is critical for doctors operating in hostile environments, who are forced to make split-second decisions under highly pressurized conditions. The surgical staff’s broadened skills will prove lifesaving for medical evacuees from the war in Ukraine.


Boosting emergency response and preparedness


The Republic of Moldova has been dealing with a prolonged emergency since the start of the war in Ukraine, when hundreds of thousands of refugees fled over the border. Around 100 000 of these refugees remain in the country.


The Moldovan Ministry of Health has been extremely proactive in coordinating the scale-up of health services and ensuring that health staff have the skills to treat the war-wounded who cannot be treated inside Ukraine.


“This training is part of the wider support for the health emergency response and preparedness in the context of the refugee crisis caused by the war in Ukraine,” says Dr Miljana Grbic, WHO Representative in the Republic of Moldova.


“Like many countries in the WHO European Region, the Republic of Moldova has had decades of calm. However, we are now seeing increasing numbers of humanitarian crises caused by conflict, climate change and disease outbreaks. For governments to adequately respond, it is essential that they have adequate training, planning systems and coordination mechanisms at a national level,” Dr Grbic adds.


Building capacity and coordinating health partners in emergencies are part of WHO’s mandate. Together with the Moldovan Ministry of Health, WHO is paying a key role in ensuring that medical teams have the skills and knowledge to deal with complex emergencies.


Repurposed funds aim to support health needs triggered by the war in Ukraine


The training was made possible thanks to repurposed funds that are part of the EU–WHO Vaccination Saves Lives project, which supports the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and routine vaccination systems in the Eastern Partnership countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.


Source: World Health Organization