Aug 19, 2009

Azeris get arrested abroad, too; Russia reconsiders deals with Iran


Iran might have just released French researcher Clotilde Reiss, but Azerbaijan and Russia still have some issues to work out.

According to the Association for the Defense of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran, July was a hard month for many Azerbaijani citizens in Iran. Most notably, Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Said Matinpur was detained after he was summoned to the Revolutionary Court of Tehran. He was then transferred to Evin Prison to serve his 8-year jail term. He was charged with having "connections with foreigners" (he himself is a foreigner so I'm not sure how that applies, but hey it's Iran, I'm not sure how you stay out of prison in Iran) and of course his trial was not public.

Meanwhile, Medvedev has had a change of heart about selling weapons to Iran. According to AP, the president promises he will reconsider the sale of S-300s to Iran because it affects the delicate balance which exists in the Middle East. That just dawned on you, Medvezhonok?

3 comments:

LIVLIVS MAXIMVS said...

No, he is not a foreigner, in fact he is an Iranian national. Approximately 25% of Iranian nationals are Azerbaijanis, including Supreme Leader Khamenei and opposition leader Moussavi.

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

If that picture isn't PhotoShop, it's the photo of the year.

Ern said...

Ah, so he's an Azeri Iranian. All the same, horrendous.