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    Posted June 11, 2015 by
    Baku, Azerbaijan

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    Targeting Azerbaijan

    By Azer Hasret, azer@azerhasret.com

    Azerbaijan is to open the 1st European Games on Friday, June 12, 2015. The opening is scheduled for 20.15 local time (like 2015).

    50 nations with more than 6 thousands athletes will convene for the 1st ever European Games competition.

    253 sets of medals are waiting for the winners.

    Azerbaijan has spent 1 billion 34 million $US to build new venues and renovate some existing ones.

    Several heads of states and governments are expected to arrive. Some of them, the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili and the President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko already have arrived for the opening ceremony.

    Baku is ready in full to stage the opening and other events.

    But not everything is OK with the Games. Azerbaijan is continuously targeted by western media and major international human rights organizations.

    Accusations are likewise: Azerbaijan is violating human rights and the government creates obstacles to any kind of freedoms.

    But the government officials say there are no any kind of state controls over media and free will of people.

    Mr. Ali Hasanov, Presidential aide said in a press-conference that Azerbaijan respects all the freedoms and provides all needed circumstances for the people to express themselves freely.

    And again the Western media claims that this is an illusion. No freedom is provided in Azerbaijan.

    To see the real situation of freedoms in Azerbaijan one needs to come and observe just inside the country.

    So around one thousands international journalists are arriving to watch the Games.

    But still others who are not coming are accusing Azerbaijan in corruption as well. They claim that Azerbaijan has spent about 10 billion $US to stage these Games. But the Minister of Youth and Sport Azad Rahimov voiced today once more exact figure: 1 billion 34 million $US.

    Those targeting Azerbaijan are reprinting the same claims. The Western media and human rights organizations state that Azerbaijan is incarcerating more than 100 political prisoners. Sometimes some other media and organizations claim about 100 political prisoners.

    No one has the exact list of the claimed political prisoners.

    It seems targeting Azerbaijan became fashionable. But it bears nothing new.

    Anyway the officials believe that after the opening ceremony the Western media`s campaign and targeting against Azerbaijan will go down step by step. Because this tremendous sporting show will cast a shadow on false accusations.

    By the way being a citizen of Azerbaijan and living in its capital city Baku I experience no any restriction of my personal freedoms.
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