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    Posted May 28, 2014 by
    Baku, Azerbaijan

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    Azerbaijan marks Day of Republic.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photographer Aziz Karimov captured the celebrations in the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan, as the country celebrated its independence day Wednesday. While Karimov says his country was “akin to a colony of Russia” for so many years, “the Azerbaijani people never gave up and continued to struggle for freedom and independence.”
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    In a sad chapter of its long history Azerbaijan was for all intents and purposes akin to a colony of Russia for a number of years.

    Still, the Azerbaijani people never gave up and continued to struggle for freedom and independence.

    The 20th century became known in history not only as the age of science and technology but also as the age of liberation from colonization and the establishment of national states.

    The 1917 Russian Revolution put an end to the rule of the Romanovs and the saw the collapse of the Russian Empire. Shortly thereafter, on May 28, 1918, patriotic leaders in Azerbaijan founded the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan.

    The Day of the Republic - the day of regaining state independence has been celebrated as a state holiday since 1990.

    Photo by Aziz Karimov

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