Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az President Ilham Aliyev receives delegation led by Russian foreign minister http://www.today.az/news/politics/205842.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 22:40:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Azertag reported on May 10.Lavrov arrived on an official visit in Baku today.  Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens for May 10 http://www.today.az/news/society/205833.html Society Mon, 10 May 2021 18:28:00 +0400 By TrendSome 170 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on May 10, Trend reports referring to the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers.The first dose of the vaccine was injected to 26 citizens, and the second one to 144 citizens.Totally, up until now, 1,687,567 citizens have been vaccinated, 1,005,704 of whom received the first dose of the vaccine, and 681,863 people - the second.The COVID-19 vaccination in Azerbaijan has been launched on January 18, 2021. Program of Russian FM's visit to Azerbaijan unveiled http://www.today.az/news/politics/205832.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 17:55:00 +0400 By TrendThe program of the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergei Lavrov to Azerbaijan on May 10-11 has been announced, Trend reports referring to the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs."Particular attention will be paid to the comprehensive implementation of the statements of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia dated November 9, 2020, and January 11, 2021. It is planned to consider the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, the humanitarian aspects of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, issues of post-conflict reconstruction, and the establishment of a peaceful life. The main tasks are to unblock all transport and economic ties in the region. The foreign ministries of Azerbaijan and Russia will also discuss issues of coordination of interaction at the platforms of leading regional and international associations - the CIS, UN, OSCE, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Council of Europe (CE), BSEC," the Russian MFA said.As reported, despite the difficult situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian-Azerbaijani dialogue remained intense in 2020 and is gradually returning to face-to-face format.It is based on regular contacts at the highest and high levels, developed inter-parliamentary, intergovernmental, and interdepartmental ties, as well as interaction at the regional level. National leader Heydar Aliyev`s 98th anniversary marked at parliament [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/205831.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 17:47:00 +0400 By Trend Criminal cases against Armenian terrorists who fought in Karabakh nearing completion - ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/205836.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 17:35:00 +0400 By TrendCriminal proceedings against Armenian terrorists who fought in Karabakh are nearing completion, Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan Kamran Aliyev said, Trend reports.According to Aliyev, each of the terrorists was charged in a specific criminal case."One of them, a criminal case against a Lebanese citizen, was sent to the Baku Military Court. This criminal case will be considered in accordance with international conventions. Criminal cases against other terrorists are nearing completion. The public will be additionally informed," Aliyev said. Azerbaijan confirms 371 more COVID-19 cases, 892 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/205830.html Society Mon, 10 May 2021 17:20:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 371 new COVID-19 cases, 892 patients have recovered and 18 patients have died, Trend reports on May 10 citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 327,987 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 307,011 of them have recovered, and 4,698 people have died. Currently, 15,378 people are under treatment in special hospitals. Public reps of Azerbaijan paying tribute to late National Leader Heydar Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/205829.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 17:01:00 +0400 By TrendToday, May 10, marks the 98th anniversary of the birth of the savior of Azerbaijani people, National Leader Heydar Aliyev, Trend reports.For the first time in 2021, this memorable date is celebrated in the context of the restored territorial integrity of the country.Azerbaijan's glorious victory in the Second Karabakh War began precisely with the large-scale work on strengthening statehood, creation, economic development, and army building, which began with the coming to power of the National Leader Heydar Aliyev.The liberation of Azerbaijani lands from Armenian occupation following the 44-day Second Karabakh War under the leadership of the President of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev is a glorious page in the centuries-old history of Azerbaijan. This victory is a grandiose triumph of the ideals of the independent statehood of the great leader Heydar Aliyev.Representatives of the country's public continue to arrive at the Alley of Honor to visit the grave of National Leader Heydar Aliyev to pay tribute to his blessed memory. Mine-clearing operations begin in Azerbaijan's liberated villages http://www.today.az/news/politics/205834.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 16:50:00 +0400 By TrendMine clearance work in villages of Azerbaijani district’s, previously liberated from Armenian occupation, will be carried out starting from the Aghdam district, Mayor of Aghdam districts Vagif Hasanov told the Karabakh bureau of Trend.Hasanov gave information on the de-mining process in the liberated villages of Aghdam."We have planted more than 100,000 trees to restore zones with green spaces in the liberated villages. Moreover, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources is working in this direction. In particular, preference is given to seedlings of fruit trees," added Hasanov. Int'l organizations notified about Armenia's crimes against Azerbaijani civilians - ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/205835.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 16:42:00 +0400 By TrendThe crimes committed by Armenia against the civilian population of Azerbaijan have been brought to the attention of international organizations, Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan Kamran Aliyev said, Trend reports.According to Aliyev, since the first day of the [Nagorno-Karabakh] conflict, appropriate measures have been taken in this direction, and all the steps were taken on a legal basis."Claims about crimes committed by Armenia against the civilian population will be filed both in the order of criminal prosecution and civil proceedings," Aliyev said. Azerbaijani, Russian presidents hold phone conversation http://www.today.az/news/politics/205828.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 16:34:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev received a phone call from his Russian counterpart on May 10.During the telephone conversation, the heads of state warmly congratulated each other on the 76th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, noting that both countries are deeply grateful to the veterans who showed unparalleled heroism and dedication.Their reaffirmed their commitment to develop the ties. Enmity with Turks is catastrophe not only for Armenia, but for entire region - Pashinyan http://www.today.az/news/regions/205838.html World news Mon, 10 May 2021 14:37:00 +0400 By TrendThe enmity with the Turks must be manageable, otherwise one may face a catastrophe not only for Armenia, but also for the region, acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said, Trend reports citing Armenian media."We must leave the children a peaceful, stable region and the enmity must be manageable. Otherwise, you may face a catastrophe not only for Armenia, but also for the region," he said. Political will of Heydar Aliyev bearing fruit - colonel general http://www.today.az/news/politics/205837.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 14:22:00 +0400 By TrendThe policy of great leader Heydar Aliyev is bearing fruit today, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the military affairs department of the Presidential Administration, Colonel-General Maharram Aliyev, told Trend.According to Aliyev, the greatest success of the great leader is that he brought up such a person as Ilham Aliyev because only he could solve these problems“I am extremely happy that I worked in the presence of Heydar Aliyev. As a result of our successful work, Karabakh has been liberated, people are happy. Perhaps the Azerbaijani people could not be happier. History never consigns commanders to oblivion, and in Azerbaijan, such personalities as Heydar Aliyev and his successor Ilham Aliyev will go down in history. We will do our best to preserve this history,” said Aliyev. President Ilham Aliyev gives interview to AZTV channel http://www.today.az/news/politics/205826.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 14:17:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev gave an interview to Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting AZTV during his trip to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic on May 10.Story will be updated. Azerbaijan fulfills its commitments under OPEC+ agreement in April http://www.today.az/news/business/205825.html Business Mon, 10 May 2021 14:03:00 +0400 By Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan fulfilled its obligations under OPEC+ agreement in April by maintaining its production of crude oil at 594,000 barrels.In April, the country’s daily oil production, including condensate, amounted to 698,000 barrels. Out of the total daily oil production, crude oil amounted to 594,000 barrels and condensate to 104,000 barrels.Azerbaijan has supported the OPEC+ agreement on increasing the crude oil production up to 1.1 million barrels during May-July, reached at the 15th ministerial meeting. Under the new Declaration of Cooperation, the country’s daily crude oil production will be maintained at 603,000 barrels in May, 610,000 barrels in June and 620,000 barrels in July.In April 2020, OPEC and non-OPEC countries entered into an agreement on the reduction of daily oil production by 9.7 million barrels in May-June and 164,000 barrels for Azerbaijan.In the second phase of the agreement, covering the period from August 1 to December 31, the daily production of crude oil in OPEC+ countries was reduced by 7.7 million barrels, which is 18 percent less than in October 2018.According to the agreement reached at the 12th Ministerial Meeting, Azerbaijan had to increase daily oil production by 8,000 barrels and keep production at the level of 595,000 barrels in January.Additionally, at the 13th Ministerial Meeting of the OPEC+ countries, it was decided to continue the existing quotas on daily crude oil production in February-March, and later, at the 14th Ministerial Meeting to continue with the existing quotas on daily crude oil production in April. First Vice President shares publication on 98th birth anniversary of National Leader Heydar Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/205824.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 13:20:00 +0400 First Vice President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva shared a publication on her official Instagram page on the occasion of the 98th anniversary of the birth of National Leader Heydar Aliyev.“Today marks the 98th anniversary of the birth of Heydar Aliyev, a great person who devoted his entire life to serving his native Azerbaijan. He cherished his Motherland, his nation whom he wanted to see happy in an independent, prospering, powerful Azerbaijan above all. Although Heydar Aliyev is not with us today, his ideas live on, his intentions are being implemented. Most importantly his holy dream came true – our lands were liberated under the leadership of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev after nearly 30 years of occupation. I pay tribute to great leader Heydar Aliyev`s unforgettable memory. I wish our country peace, tranquility and progress.”. Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market http://www.today.az/news/business/205823.html Business Mon, 10 May 2021 13:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe official exchange rate of the Azerbaijani manat against the US dollar set by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) remained unchanged last week, Trend reports.Accordingly, last week, the average rate was 1.7 AZN/1 USD.Official AZN/USD exchange rateApr.261.7May 31.7Apr.271.7May 41.7Apr.281.7May 51.7Apr.291.7May 61.7Apr.301.7May 71.7Average weekly1.7Average weekly1.7The official rate of the manat against the euro decreased by 0.025 manat.The average AZN/EUR rate was 2.049. Accordingly, the average price of manat compared to this currency dropped by 0.0083 (0.4 percent).Official AZN/EUR exchange rateApr.262.059May 32.0431Apr.272.0525May 42.0469Apr.282.0529May 52.0439Apr.292.0618May 62.0403Apr.302.0602May 72.0515Average weekly2.0573Average weekly2.0681The official rate of the manat against the ruble dropped by 0.0004 manat.The average AZN/RUB rate was 0.0228. Accordingly, the average price of manat compared to this currency grew by 0.0001 (0.4 percent).Official AZN/RUB exchange rateApr.260.0227May 30.0226Apr.270.0227May 40.0226Apr.280.0227May 50.0227Apr.290.0229May 60.0227Apr.300.0227May 70.0229Average weekly0.0227Average weekly0.023The official rate of the manat against the Turkish lira fell by 0.0013 manat.The average AZN/RUB rate was 0.2051. Accordingly, the average price of manat compared to this currency decreased by 0.0004 manat (0.2 percent).Official AZN/TRY exchange rateApr.260.2018May 30.205Apr.270.2051May 40.2056Apr.280.2066May 50.2044Apr.290.2073May 60.2041Apr.300.2067May 70.2052Average weekly0.2055Average weekly0.2063 Armenian Parliament to reconsider issue of electing new prime minister http://www.today.az/news/regions/205840.html World news Mon, 10 May 2021 12:54:00 +0400 By TrendThe National Assembly (Parliament) of Armenia will reconsider the issue of electing a new prime minister at a special meeting on May 10, Trend reports citing the Russian media.For the first time, at a special meeting that took place on May 3, Armenian MPs didn’t vote for Nikol Pashinyan's candidacy for the post of prime minister in order to hold early parliamentary elections in the country.If the parliamentarians do not elect a new prime minister this time, then the legislative body of the country will be dissolved, and President Armen Sargsyan will set the date for new elections, which, as Pashinyan said earlier, will be held on June 20. Azerbaijan creating 'green' energy zone in liberated Karabakh http://www.today.az/news/politics/205822.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 12:29:00 +0400 By TrendWork to create a 'green' energy zone is underway in Azerbaijan's Karabakh region liberated from Armenian occupation, the country's Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov told reporters, Trend reports.Shahbazov said that work is currently underway in the Karabakh region to create solar and wind power plants.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were introduced on Nov. 10, 2020. Artists of Int'l Arts Festival create 'Kharybulbul' model in Azerbaijan's liberated lands http://www.today.az/news/society/205821.html Society Mon, 10 May 2021 11:50:00 +0400 The Heydar Aliyev Foundation has organized the International Arts Festival within the framework of the Kharybulbul music festival to be held in Shusha city in Karabakh, Trend reports. Vaccination of citizens over 18 starts in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/society/205817.html Society Mon, 10 May 2021 11:25:00 +0400 Starting from May 10, citizens aged over 18 years will be able to join the process of vaccination against COVID-19, Azerbaijani First Deputy Minister of Healthcare Teymur Musayev has said.He added that the citizens of the country should massively participate in vaccination.Musaev invited everyone to join the vaccination process.Addressing the Operational Headquarters’ briefing on May 6, he mentioned that 600,000 citizens have already received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far and that all COVID-19 vaccines presently used in Azerbaijan are safe and effective. Progress achieved under Heydar Aliyev paved way for liberation of occupied lands – Sobhani http://www.today.az/news/politics/205816.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 10:59:00 +0400 By TrendEconomic and financial progress achieved under Azerbaijan’s national leader Heydar Aliyev paved way for liberation of the occupied lands in 2020 under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, the US expert, CEO of Caspian Group Holdings Rob Sobhani told Trend."President Heydar Aliyev's central theme when it came to foreign policy was to preserve Azerbaijan's hard-fought independence at all costs. This was his top priority and he achieved this goal successfully by having good, normal and mutually beneficial relations with global powers such as the U.S. and Russia. At a time when regional geo-political trends were not in Azerbaijan's favor as it faced the occupation of its territories by Armenia, President Heydar Aliyev's wisdom to try and resolve the conflict with Armenia peacefully was a major foreign policy achievement. This allowed for Azerbaijan to achieve the economic and financial progress it needed to eventually liberate these territories in 2020 under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev," said Sobhani.He pointed out that another very important achievement of President Heydar Aliyev was his success at attracting foreign direct investment into Azerbaijan."This was and remains a major legacy of Heydar Aliyev because by opening Azerbaijan's doors to foreign investment, he laid the foundations for reducing poverty and creating economic prosperity for all Azerbaijanis," noted Sobhani.Sharing his memories about Heydar Aliyev, he recalled his first visit to Washington, DC in 1997 and the pride he had in representing an independent Azerbaijan."During his meetings with former President Bill Clinton at the White House and other senior American officials President Aliyev emphasized the independence of Azerbaijan. I remember when he gave a talk at my own university, Georgetown, he was so happy and shared many stories with students and faculty. Another memory I have about President Heydar Aliyev is when he visited the city of Chicago. As we took a boat tour on the river he looked at the beautiful tall buildings and made a comment I will never forget: "We the people of Azerbaijan, will also achieve this magnificent progress soon"," said Sobhani.He pointed out that Heydar Aliyev is referred to as the father of modern Azerbaijan. "He laid the lasting foundation for an independent, free, culturally diverse and economically advanced country that is today a major player on the global stage." President Ilham Aliyev inaugurates new projects in Nakhchivan http://www.today.az/news/politics/205820.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 10:56:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has arrived in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic for a visit, Azertag reported on May 10.As part of his visit, Aliyev has participated in a presentation of a new runway at Nakhchivan International Airport and the opening of the Julfa-Ordubad highway and visited Ordubad railway station.During the same visit, Aliyev took part in the opening of a military airfield of the Combine Arms Division in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.Moreover, Aliyev participated in the inauguration of a military aerodrome of the Special Combined Arms Army in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.Commander of the Special Combined Arms Army, Colonel-General Karam Mustafayev reported to the head of state. Chairman of the Supreme Assembly of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Vasif Talibov informed President Ilham Aliyev of the work done.Furthermore, the president viewed the construction process of the building of the ASAN Service center in Nakhchivan city and participated in the opening of the Nakhchivan branch of “Azerkhalcha” Open Joint-Stock Company.He also attended the opening of the Central Hospital of the Nakhchivan Garrison and visited national leader Heydar Aliyev's monument.  On the same day, Aliyev viewed the construction of the Ordubad Hydroelectric Power Plant and attended the launch of “Reconstruction of drinking water supply and sewerage systems in Ordubad district center and surrounding villages” project.He also visited the graves of the martyrs of the Patriotic War in the Nakhchivan cemetery.Ilham Aliyev  participated in the opening of the Artificial Insemination Center in Nakhchivan.Chairman of the Supreme Assembly of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Vasif Talibov informed the head of state of the work done in the center.President Ilham Aliyev completed his visit to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.At Nakhchivan International Airport, President Ilham Aliyev was seen off by chairman of the Supreme Assembly of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Vasif Talibov. President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva visit National Leader Heydar Aliyev's grave http://www.today.az/news/politics/205819.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 10:47:00 +0400 On the 98th birthday anniversary of Heydar Aliyev, President Ilham Aliyev, and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have visited the grave of the National Leader in the Alley of Honor on May 10, Azertag reported today.President Ilham Aliyev laid a wreath and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva put flowers at the national leader Heydar Aliyev`s tomb, and paid tribute to him.The national anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan was played.President Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva then placed flowers at the grave of the national leader`s wife, outstanding ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva, as well as the tombs of prominent statesman Aziz Aliyev and renowned physician, scientist Tamerlan Aliyev. Heydar Aliyev gave wings to Azerbaijan in most difficult conditions - Yuli Gusman http://www.today.az/news/politics/205815.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 10:20:00 +0400 By TrendRussian theater and film director, TV presenter, actor, public and political figure, a native of Baku Yuli Gusman, has spoken about National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, Trend reports."Heydar Aliyev is a man who gave wings to Azerbaijan in the most difficult conditions," Gusman said, in connection with Heydar Aliyev's birthday anniversary on May 10.“Heydar Aliyev is not just streets named after him, monuments in his honor, schools, institutes, cities. Heydar Aliyev is not just the memory of the people, not just the glory of Azerbaijan, and not just the pride of our people. He inspired us. I know not just in words how much Heydar Aliyev has done for our culture. I have always called our splendid artists, composers, writers, scientists and cultural workers, actors, directors - my peers, the heirs of Heydar Aliyev,” he stressed.“When we celebrate the birthdays of Heydar Aliyev, we celebrate not only the anniversary of the great leader, but also the genius that he was. We love the person who possessed foresight and who outlined the path of development of our country. I really want the memory of deeds, fate, and the personality of our great leader and leader not to vanish anywhere. It will not disappear in hundreds and, possibly, in a thousand years. I'd really like to congratulate all of us on the birthday of our beloved Heydar Aliyev,” Gusman said. President Aliyev makes Facebook post on 98th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/205814.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 10:01:00 +0400 A post on the occasion of the 98th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev has been made on the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's official Facebook account.The post mentions following remarks by the national leader: "Without Shusha there is no Karabakh, and without Karabakh there is no Azerbaijan”. CBC FM radio channel starts broadcasting on liberated lands http://www.today.az/news/society/205813.html Society Mon, 10 May 2021 10:00:00 +0400 By Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s CBC FM radio channel has started broadcasting in the country's recently-liberated territories, The Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies has reported.The radio channel is aired in the liberated Shusha, Khankendi, Khojaly, Aghdam, as well as Mingachevir, Yevlakh, Barda, Goranboy, Goychay, Gabala regions and nearby settlements.The broadcasting was launched on May 7 by the Ministry's production association "Radio-Television Broadcasting and Satellite Communications" in a stereo mode at 102.7 MHz frequency through Azerspace satellite and Shusha radio-television station with FM transmitter of 2 kW capacity of CBC radio channel.It should be noted that on December 30 last year, the Shusha radio and television station began broadcasting 11 TV channels, including CBC TV, and two FM radios.Earlier in April, the Caspian International Broadcasting Company LLC (CBC FM radio channel) was declared the winter of the tender for opening a radio channel in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region.Currently, the work is underway to restore Azerbaijan’s liberated territories. Azerbaijan will carry out the restoration and reconstruction work on its recently-liberated territories in four stages. The initial stage includes the solution of the issues of governance and security, infrastructure, while the subsequent stages include the solution of the issues of social services activities, reconstruction, and development of the economy.Azerbaijan allocated $1.5 billion for reconstruction works in the liberated territories in 2021. In particular, these funds will be used to restore the infrastructure (electricity, gas, water, communications, roads, education, health, etc), as well as cultural and historical monuments. Perpetuation of fascist ideology by Armenia - catastrophic for whole world - Israeli expert http://www.today.az/news/politics/205839.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 09:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe issue related to fascist Garegin Nzhdeh is part of long struggle against Armenia's fascist ideology, Arye Gut, head of the Israeli office of the Baku International Multiculturalism Center, well-known expert in the field of international relations, told Trend.“The perpetuation of fascist ideology by Armenians is a disaster for the whole world,” the expert added.Gut said that he is ready to support in connection with the process of dismantling the monument to Nazi and anti-Semite Nzhdeh in the Khojavend district of Azerbaijan.“Azerbaijan and Israel, as always, must fight together against this issue,” the expert said.As an Israeli, Gut is proud of his grandfather, who was an officer in the Soviet army.“However, besides the victory, my grandfather witnessed the Holocaust - a terrible and unbearable tragedy in the history of the Jewish people,” the expert said. “During this genocide, my grandfather lost the whole family, all his relatives living in Ukraine. He survived because he was at the front. While defending his Motherland from Zaporizhzhia to Berlin, he could not protect his loved ones.”“Therefore, I raise a question in this regard at all venues,” Gut said. “How is it possible for a 9-meter monument to Hitler's friend and at the same time anti-Semite Nzhdeh to be erected in Yerevan? It's a shame. The Jewish people will never forget the atrocities committed during World War II by the 20,000-strong Armenian legion, one of the founders of which was fascist Nzhdeh.”“There are historical facts confirmed by archival documents,” the expert said. “The purpose of the Armenian Legion, led by General Nzhdeh was to attack and exterminate Jews and others seen as "unsuitable" for Nazi Germany.”“As a result of the actions of the Armenian Legion, Simferopol, Yevpatoria, Alushta, Kerch and Feodosia, as well as other areas of Western Crimea, were completely cleared of Jews,” Gut said. “Taking all this into account, can we ignore the fact that the Armenian fascists and anti-Semites are elevated to the rank of national heroes in modern Armenia? This is a delicate issue for us.”“Besides a monument to Nzhdeh in Yerevan, Armenia also erected a statue to this wicked man in Khojavend, an integral part of Azerbaijan,” the expert said. “I think that the perpetuation of the Armenian fascist ideology is a disaster for the whole world. They are spreading this fascism not only in Armenia, but all over the world.”“Today everyone knows that the ideology of fascism, the heroization of the Armenian fascists and Nazis, who closely collaborated with Nazi Germany, is being promoted in Armenia at the state level,” Gut said. “The monuments are erected to them, streets, educational institutions and strategic centers are named after them.” Nation marks birthday anniversary of Heydar Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/205812.html Politics Mon, 10 May 2021 05:15:00 +0400 By Aisha JabbarovaAzerbaijanis today mark the 98th birthday anniversary of the national leader, former president Heydar Aliyev.Heydar Aliyev is known as the father of modern Azerbaijan and the architect of the country’s current foreign and domestic policy.He served as Azerbaijan’s president between 1993 and 2003, leading the war-torn post-Soviet country to become the most prosperous nation in the South Caucasus. During his tenure, Aliyev carried out a number of important economic, social and political reforms that put Azerbaijan on track to becoming a strategically-important country and the region’s energy hub.Aliyev is also credited for forming the modern Azerbaijani nationhood through his cultural reforms. He was able to unite Azerbaijanis around the concept of statehood following years of political turmoil that Aliyev inherited from the previous administrations.    Heydar Aliyev is undoubtedly, the most famous Azerbaijani politician in the modern history of Azerbaijan.He was a member of Soviet Politburo and in 1982 and was appointed the First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, the highest position ever reached by an Azerbaijani in the Soviet UnionAliyev also served as the First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party between 1969 and 1982.He resigned from the Communist party of the Soviet Union in 1991 following Moscow’s crackdown in Baku that killed hundreds of civilians in January 1990.Heydar Aliyev was elected as the leader of New Azerbaijan Party at its constituent congress organized in Nakhchivan on November 21, 1992. Later he was elected Chairman of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan (June 15, 1993) and Azerbaijan’s third president as a result of nationwide voting (October 3, 1993). He was reelected on October 11, 1998 garnering 77 percent of the votes.The reforms carried out during his tenure include the abolishment of the capital punishment, establishment of the institute of the Human Rights Ombudsman, introduction of amnesty and pardon mechanisms, privatization of state property, constitutional reforms, among others.He is also credited for introducing a balanced foreign policy that ensured Azerbaijan’s good bilateral ties with other countries and the deepening of cooperation with international organizations. Under Heydar Aliyev’s tenure, Azerbaijan developed relations with the UN, NATO, the EU, Council of Europe.Aliyev also developed Azerbaijan’s oil strategy. Under his leadership, Azerbaijan and the consortium of 11 oil companies from 6 countries signed a Production Sharing Agreement on September 20, 1994, known as the Contract of the Century. Azerbaijani ombudsman appeals to international organizations http://www.today.az/news/politics/205810.html Politics Sun, 09 May 2021 17:38:00 +0400 By TrendCommissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Sabina Aliyeva, appealed to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovi?, Trend reports citing ombudsman's office."The 9th of May, each year, is commemorated as a triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II. In fact, it is the victory for all who suffered from the WWII, Nazism, racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.But unfortunately, the world community observes the tendency of glorifying Nazism in Armenia. As such in the capital of Armenia, it was erected a monument to fascist executioner and traitor Garegin Ter-Harutyunyan, who served German fascists under the nickname of Garegin Nzhdeh. The former ruling Republican Party of Armenia took steps to perpetuate the memory of such an ambiguous nationalist politician as Garegin Nzhdeh, who collaborated with the Third Reich.The United Nations General Assembly passed a draft resolution on combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism, and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. By its terms, the Assembly expressed deep concern about the glorification of the Nazi movement, neo-Nazism and former members of the Waffen SS organization - including by erecting monuments and memorials; holding public demonstrations glorifying the Nazi past, the Nazi movement and neo-Nazism; declaring or attempting to declare such members and those who fought against the anti-Hitler coalition, collaborated with the Nazi movement and committed war crimes and crimes against humanity participants in national liberation movements; and by the renaming of streets glorifying them.Even the Ministry of Defence of Armenia established Nzhdeh medal to decorate military personnel and civilians.From the above-mentioned resolution, it is seen that the UN is really concerned about the memorials that might have a negative impact on society by glorifying Nazism, fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance as the world community witnessed in the case of memorializing Garegin Nzhdeh in Yerevan, Armenia.We reiterate our concern about glorifying Nazism in the Armenian society by the political leadership of Armenia and call all relevant international human rights organizations to take necessary steps to stop such activities which are directed against humanity," the message said. Bulgarian team takes first place at World Cup in Baku in group exercises with three hoops and ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/205809.html Sports Sun, 09 May 2021 17:25:00 +0400 By TrendThe first place at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku in group exercises with three hoops and two pairs of clubs was taken by the Bulgarian team (43.150 points), Trend reports.The second place was taken by the Italian gymnasts, whose performance was estimated by the judges at 41.900 points, in third place with the result of 39.850 points - the representative of Belarus.Team of Azerbaijan in this exercise took the fifth place with a score of 37.600 points. Country registers 660 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/205811.html Society Sun, 09 May 2021 17:16:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 660 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on May 9.Some 1,539 patients have recovered and 14 patients have died in the reported period. So far, 326,716 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 306,119 patients have recovered, 4,680 people have died. Currently, 15,917 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 9,474 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 3,330,985 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far.So far, some 1,687,397 COVID-19 vaccines have been provided to Azerbaijani citizens. The first dose of the vaccine was given to 1,005,678 citizens, and the second one to 681,719 citizens. In addition, in the past 24 hours, some 25,625 citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Discussions underway to resume Tabriz-Baku flights - Iranian official http://www.today.az/news/society/205808.html Society Sun, 09 May 2021 17:11:00 +0400 By TrendThe discussions are currently conducted between Iranian and Azerbaijani officials for the resumption of flights from Tabriz to Baku and vice versa, Director General of the East Azerbaijan Province Airports Department Ramin Azari said, Trend reports citing the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development of Iran.Azari noted that there were flights to Baku-Tabriz and vice versa before the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. At present, flights have been canceled due to the pandemic."In addition, flights from Tabriz to Izmir and vice versa will be held as of June 14, 2021. These flights will be operated by Turkish Airlines," he added.The director general stressed that after the month of Ramadan, 11 flights will be operated from Tabriz to Istanbul and vice versa. Five of these flights will be operated by Turkish Airlines, three by Iran AirTour Airlines, two by ATA Airlines and one by Meraj Airlines. Awarding ceremony held within Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/205807.html Sports Sun, 09 May 2021 16:59:00 +0400 By TrendOn May 9, the ceremony of awarding the winners and prize-winners of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku was held at the National Gymnastics Arena, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF).Awards were given to the winners among the gymnasts in the individual program of exercises with clubs and ribbon, and to group teams for the exercise with three hoops and two pairs of clubs.Lina Ashram (Israel) took the first place at the World Cup in the exercise with clubs, Boryana Kalain (Bulgaria) toomthe second place of the podium, Lala Kramarenko (Russia) took the third place.Boryana Kalain (Bulgaria) won the gold medal of the World Cup in Baku in the ribbon exercise, the silver medal was taken by the Belarusian athlete Alina Garnasko, and the bronze was taken by Katrin Taseva (Bulgaria).The first place in group exercises with three hoops and two pairs of clubs was taken by the Bulgarian team, the second place was taken by the Italian team, the third place was taken by the representatives of Belarus.A memorable moment of the awards ceremony was that the medals were presented to the gymnasts using a drone.The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which took place in the capital of Azerbaijan on May 7-9, was a qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was attended by about 170 gymnasts from 35 countries.The competitions were held in accordance with the quarantine measures in force in the country, taking into account the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and without the participation of spectators. Bulgarian gymnast grabs gold in exercise with ribbon at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/205806.html Sports Sun, 09 May 2021 16:27:00 +0400 By TrendBulgarian gymnast Boryana Kaleyn won the gold medal in the exercise with a ribbon scoring 24.300 points at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF).Gymnast from Belarus Alina Harnasko (23.450 points) grabbed silver while Bulgarian gymnast Katrin Taseva (21.500 points) grabbed bronze.Azerbaijani gymnast Zohra Aghamirova ranked fourth scoring 21.400 points.The final competitions as part of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup are underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 9.The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which is being held in the capital of Azerbaijan on May 7-9, has a qualifying character for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nearly 170 gymnasts from 35 countries of the world are taking part in the World Cup in Baku.The competitions are being held in accordance with the quarantine measures in force in the country, given the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and without spectators. 76th anniversary of Victory in Great Patriotic War celebrated in Shusha http://www.today.az/news/society/205805.html Society Sun, 09 May 2021 16:13:00 +0400 By TrendA solemn event on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War was held in Shusha city.The memory of the brave sons of Azerbaijani people, who demonstrated unprecedented heroism in World War II, was honored with observing a minute of silence, and the National Anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan was performed, Trend reports citing Defence Ministry.The event provided detailed information about the exceptional merits of the Azerbaijani people in achieving victory over fascism, as well as about the history and the glorious battle path of Azerbaijan’s national rifle divisions.The military orchestra performed military songs and marches of the 1941-1945 period.The ceremony ended with a solemn march of military personnel through the city. Baku holds award ceremony of winners and prize-winners of Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup at ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/205804.html Sports Sun, 09 May 2021 16:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe award ceremony of the winners and prize-winners of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup was held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 9, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF).The awards were given to the winners among the gymnasts in the individual program of the exercises with a hoop and a ball and to the group teams for the exercise with five balls.Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram ranked first in the exercise with the hoop, Russian gymnast Lala Kramarenko ranked second, while gymnast from Belarus Alina Garnasko ranked third.Italian gymnast Alexandra Agiurgiuculese won the gold in the exercise with a ball, Russian gymnast Daria Trubnikova won the silver medal, while Bulgarian gymnast Boryana Kaleyn won the bronze medal.The Bulgarian team ranked first in group exercises with five balls, the Italian team ranked second while the Azerbaijani team ranked third.A memorable moment of the award ceremony was that the medals were presented to the gymnasts through a drone.The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which is being held in the capital of Azerbaijan on May 7-9, has a qualifying character for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nearly 170 gymnasts from 35 countries of the world are taking part in the World Cup in Baku.The competitions are being held in accordance with the quarantine measures in force in the country, given the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and without spectators. Israeli gymnast grabs gold in exercise with clubs at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/205803.html Sports Sun, 09 May 2021 15:44:00 +0400 By TrendIsraeli gymnast Linoy Ashram ranked first in the exercise with clubs scoring 27.800 points at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF).Bulgarian gymnast Boryana Kaleyn (27.400 points) ranked second while Russian gymnast Lala Kramarenko (27.150 points) ranked third.The final competitions as part of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup are underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 9.The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which is being held in the capital of Azerbaijan on May 7-9, has a qualifying character for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nearly 170 gymnasts from 35 countries of the world are taking part in the World Cup in Baku.The competitions are being held in accordance with the quarantine measures in force in the country, given the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and without spectators. Leadership of Azerbaijani MoD paid tribute to memory of compatriots, who died in Great Patriotic War http://www.today.az/news/society/205802.html Society Sun, 09 May 2021 15:32:00 +0400 By TrendOn the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the Victory over fascism in the Great Patriotic War on May 9, the Minister of Defense Colonel General Zakir Hasanov and leadership of the Ministry have visited the monument to twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Major General Hazi Aslanov, Trend reports citing Defence Ministry.The leadership of the Ministry of Defense laid flowers at the monument and honored the blessed memory of the brave sons of our people who did unprecedented heroism during the Second World War. Azerbaijani team grabs bronze in exercise with 5 balls at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/205801.html Sports Sun, 09 May 2021 15:17:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani team won a bronze medal in the exercise with five balls at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF).The Bulgarian team grabbed gold in the exercises with five balls (45.600 points), while the Italian team (44.550 points) grabbed silver.The final competitions as part of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup are underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 9.Six sets of medals will be given (four for individual exercises and two for group performance) on the final day of the competitions.On this day, the winners will be determined according to the individual program in the exercises with a hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon, as well as in group performance of teams in the exercises with five balls, three hoops and two pairs of clubs.Azerbaijan is being represented today by Zohra Aghamirova in the exercise with a ribbon and by the team in group exercises, which is performing in two finals. The Azerbaijani team includes Lyaman Alimuradova, Zeynab Hummatova, Yelyzaveta Luzan, Maryam Safarova and Darya Sorokina.The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which is being held in the capital of Azerbaijan on May 7-9, has a qualifying character for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nearly 170 gymnasts from 35 countries of the world are taking part in the World Cup in Baku.The competitions are being held in accordance with the quarantine measures in force in the country, given the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and without spectators. Italian gymnast grabs gold in exercise with ball at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/205800.html Sports Sun, 09 May 2021 15:03:00 +0400 By TrendItalian gymnast Alexandra Agiurgiuculese won a gold medal in the exercise with a ball scoring 26.350 points at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF).Russian gymnast Daria Trubnikova ranked second (26.100 points) while Bulgarian gymnast Boryana Kaleyn (26.100 points) ranked third.The final competitions as part of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup are underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 9.Six sets of medals will be given (four for individual exercises and two for group performance) on the final day of the competitions.On this day, the winners will be determined according to the individual program in the exercises with a hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon, as well as in group performance of teams in the exercises with five balls, three hoops and two pairs of clubs.Azerbaijan is being represented today by Zohra Aghamirova in the exercise with a ribbon and by the team in group exercises, which is performing in two finals. The Azerbaijani team includes Lyaman Alimuradova, Zeynab Hummatova, Yelyzaveta Luzan, Maryam Safarova and Darya Sorokina.The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which is being held in the capital of Azerbaijan on May 7-9, has a qualifying character for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nearly 170 gymnasts from 35 countries of the world are taking part in the World Cup in Baku.The competitions are being held in accordance with the quarantine measures in force in the country, given the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and without spectators. Israeli gymnast grabs gold in exercise with hoop at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/205799.html Sports Sun, 09 May 2021 14:52:00 +0400 By TrendIsraeli gymnast Linoy Ashram ranked first at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in the exercise with a hoop scoring 27.150 points, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF).Russian gymnast Lala Kramarenko ranked second (26.850 points) while gymnast from Belarus Alina Harnasko ranked third (26.600 points).The final competitions as part of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup are underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 9.Six sets of medals will be given (four for individual exercises and two for group performance) on the final day of the competitions.On this day, the winners will be determined according to the individual program in the exercises with a hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon, as well as in group performance of teams in the exercises with five balls, three hoops and two pairs of clubs.Azerbaijan is being represented today by Zohra Aghamirova in the exercise with a ribbon and by the team in group exercises, which is performing in two finals. The Azerbaijani team includes Lyaman Alimuradova, Zeynab Hummatova, Yelyzaveta Luzan, Maryam Safarova and Darya Sorokina.The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which is being held in the capital of Azerbaijan on May 7-9, has a qualifying character for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nearly 170 gymnasts from 35 countries of the world are taking part in the World Cup in Baku.The competitions are being held in accordance with the quarantine measures in force in the country, given the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and without spectators. Final day of Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup starts in Baku - Azerbaijani graces competing for medals http://www.today.az/news/sports/205798.html Sports Sun, 09 May 2021 14:39:00 +0400 By TrendThe final competitions as part of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup started at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 9, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF).Six sets of medals will be given (four for individual exercises and two for group performance) on the final day of the competitions.On this day, the winners will be determined according to the individual program in the exercises with a hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon, as well as in group performance of teams in the exercises with five balls, three hoops and two pairs of clubs.Azerbaijan will be represented today by Zohra Aghamirova in the exercise with a ribbon and by the team in group exercises, which will perform in two finals. The Azerbaijani team includes Lyaman Alimuradova, Zeynab Hummatova, Yelyzaveta Luzan, Maryam Safarova and Darya Sorokina.The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which is being held in the capital of Azerbaijan on May 7-9, has a qualifying character for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nearly 170 gymnasts from 35 countries of the world are taking part in the World Cup in Baku.The competitions are being held in accordance with the quarantine measures in force in the country, given the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and without spectators. President, First Lady pay tribute to Azerbaijanis who contributed to victory over fascism http://www.today.az/news/politics/205797.html Politics Sun, 09 May 2021 13:03:00 +0400 May 9 marks the 76th anniversary of historic victory over fascism.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Victorious Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva visited the grave of twice Hero of the Soviet Union Hazi Aslanov, put flowers at his statue and paid tribute to all Azerbaijanis killed during the World War Two. Iranian trucks do not transport goods to Karabakh - Iranian embassy http://www.today.az/news/politics/205795.html Politics Sun, 09 May 2021 12:52:00 +0400 By TrendIranian trucks do not transport goods to Karabakh, the press service of the Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend.The embassy noted that Iran denies the transportation of goods by means of its trucks to Karabakh along the Lachin corridor.The Iranian embassy said that according to a study conducted by Iranian officials, the footage distributed on social networks claiming the fact is not true.The embassy added that at a time when relations between the two friendly and fraternal countries are developing, groups that do not want the development of these relations are spreading such unfounded and false information.Images of supposed Iranian trucks reportedly transporting goods to Khankendi along the Lachin corridor were posted on social networks. Azerbaijan to continue online lessons in 10th-11th grades, minister says http://www.today.az/news/society/205786.html Society Sun, 09 May 2021 12:37:00 +0400 By TrendThe online lessons in 10th-11th grades will continue at Azerbaijani schools, Trend reports on May 8 referring to Azerbaijani Education Minister Emin Amrullayev’s message on Facebook.“Everyone must try for the lessons to be restored in a traditional form from September 15,” Amrullayev added. “The online lessons in primary grades will be continued from May 17 three times a week in five districts of Azerbaijan while twice a week - for pupils of 5th-9th grades.”"We will restore five-day lessons taking into account the epidemiological situation, results of vaccination against COVID-19 and classroom sizes," the minister said. Any attempt to glorify fascism is disgusting - Russian expert http://www.today.az/news/politics/205785.html Politics Sun, 09 May 2021 12:19:00 +0400 By TrendAny attempt to glorify fascism is shocking and disgusting, Russian expert, candidate of political sciences, senior lecturer of St. Petersburg State University Galina Niyazova told Trend.Niyazova was commenting on the issue of idealization of the personality of fascist Garegin Nzhdeh in Armenia."Victory in the Great Patriotic War is a victory beyond human capabilities, this is our present peace on Earth," Niyazova said. “It was not only a victory over Nazi Germany, it was a step aimed at eradicating fascism.”“Therefore, today any attempt to glorify fascism causes shock and disgust,” the expert said. “Young people glorifying the fascist ideology today are dimwitted. They do not respect their ancestors, who sacrificed themselves for the better world."“It is scary when young people unite under the banner of fascism,” Niyazova added. “This testifies to a lack of education, uncontrolled aggression.” Azerbaijani Finance Ministry places medium-term bonds on auction http://www.today.az/news/business/205787.html Business Sun, 09 May 2021 12:04:00 +0400 By TrendThe Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) held an auction on the placement of medium-term bonds of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Finance in the amount of 10 million manat ($5.8 million) on April 27, 2021, Trend reports citing the BSE.The term of maturity is 1,816 days.During the auction, 16 investors filed 28 bids in the price range from 80.71 manat ($47.4) with a yield to maturity (YTM) of 14.2 percent to 99.6 manat ($58.5) with a YTM of 8.62 percent.In accordance with the decision of the finance ministry, the cut-off price of bonds reached 98.06 manat ($57.68) with the YTM of 9.01 percent, and the weighted average price – 98.44 manat or $57.9 (8.92 percent).The maturity date is April 28, 2026.The auction participants must fulfill their obligations to purchase bonds by May 16, 2021. Azerbaijan strongly condemns attempts to distort truth about WW2, justify fascism - MFA http://www.today.az/news/politics/205794.html Politics Sun, 09 May 2021 11:48:00 +0400 By TrendMinistry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan makes statement on the 76th anniversary of the Victory over fascism, Trend reports citing the MFA."May 9, 2021 marks the 76th years since the Victory over fascism. On this significant day, we pay tribute to the memory of each of the soldiers, officers and ordinary citizens who have shown courage and heroism, having endured enormous difficulties in winning the war, one of the most terrible wars in human history.The Azerbaijani people made an important contribution to this victory, both on the front and on the rear. More than 600,000 Azerbaijani sons and daughters took part in the war, more than half of whom died and went missing in the war zones. For the courage shown during the war years, 123 citizens of Azerbaijan were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, and more than 170,000 soldiers and officers were awarded various orders and medals. The heroic sons of our people bravely fought for Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Stalingrad, Simferopol, Odessa and hundreds of other large and small settlements and took an active part in the liberation of many countries from fascism.Azerbaijan’s contribution to the Victory by supplying fuel was invaluable. During the war of 1941-1945, Azerbaijan accounted for more than 70 percent of the oil produced in the Soviet Union, 80 percent of gasoline and 90 percent of motor oils. The vast majority of tanks and planes of the Soviet army, which played a decisive role in ensuring the Victory over fascism in World War II, were set in motion on fuel sent to the front by Baku oil workers. The enterprises of Azerbaijan in the uninterrupted mode produced various types of weapons, which were so necessary for victory.The people of Azerbaijan demonstrated unprecedented labor feats on the rear front, day and night selflessly working to meet the needs of the army. Our fellow citizens sent to the front more than 7 tons of donated blood, they were especially distinguished in providing the combat units with food and warm clothes. In the name of the Victory over fascism, Azerbaijan mobilized all its resources.Azerbaijan strongly condemns attempts to distort the truth about the Second World War, justify fascism and glorify fascist criminals. We especially condemn the glorification of the Nazi movement in our region and its minions in any form. Azerbaijan has always supported the resolution of the UN General Assembly “Combating the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to the escalation of modern forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance”, and we believe that our joint efforts can play an important role in overcoming these alarming trends.This year, for the first time, the people of Azerbaijan celebrate the victory over fascism in 1941-1945 with double pride, along with the joy of the Great Victory achieved as a result of the 44-day Patriotic War. The justice that our ancestors fought for has finally triumphed, and Azerbaijan has restored its territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.All our sons and daughters who died for the sovereignty and integrity of Azerbaijan, as well as veterans of the war of 1941-1945 are the pride of our people. Their memory will live forever in the hearts of the Azerbaijani people," the statement said. Azerbaijani ADA University screens film timed to Day of Victory in WWII http://www.today.az/news/politics/205784.html Politics Sun, 09 May 2021 11:33:00 +0400 By Trend‘Target - Baku. How Hitler Lost Battle for Oil’ film was screened at the ADA University timed to the 76th anniversary of the Victory over fascism in World War II for members of volunteer organizations and movements operating in Azerbaijan, Trend reports on May 8 referring to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.According to the ministry, the film was made with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Main producer of the film is the president of the Baku-Media Center Arzu Aliyeva.The event was organized with the joint support of the Foreign Ministry and ADA University.Before the screening of the film, a photo exhibition was held on the participation of the Azerbaijani people in World War II and their role in the achievement of Victory over fascism.At the event, the vice-rector of the university Fariz Ismayilzade and spokesperson for the ministry Leyla Abdullayeva spoke about the courage shown by Azerbaijanis during the war and stressed the importance of deep study of Azerbaijani history.The speakers noted that for the first time since the restoration of independence, Azerbaijan is celebrating Victory Day on May 9 with extensive pride due to liberation of Azerbaijani territories from Armenian occupation in the Second Karabakh war from late Sept. through early Nov.2020.The memory of the martyrs was honored with a minute of silence.After the speeches, the film was shown. Azerbaijan’s Baku city has beautiful National Gymnastics Arena – Russian gymnast http://www.today.az/news/sports/205783.html Sports Sun, 09 May 2021 11:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe conditions in the National Gymnastics Arena in Azerbaijan’s Baku city are incredible, the hall is beautiful and comfortable, Russian athlete, participant of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Daria Trubnikova told Trend."The competitions have been organized at the highest level, starting with the transport that takes athletes and ending with all the precautions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic," the gymnast added.Trubnikova emphasized that it is more comfortable for her to perform when the audience is in the stands, but she is trying to get used to the new rules of the competitions."I performed in Baku three years ago at a junior tournament and I know well how actively the local public supports all athletes," the gymnast said. "There is always very thunderous applause, active fans in Baku.""We had many online tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic," the gymnast said. "We are used to performing without an audience. Of course, it is not easy, but the organizers are doing everything possible to support us."Trubnikova said that to turn from junior to senior was almost imperceptible for her."I didn't even notice how I moved from one age category to another because I competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina in October 2018," the gymnast said. "A year later I competed as a senior gymnast. At first it was a little difficult because two more elements were added."The second day of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup is underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 8.The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which is being held in the capital of Azerbaijan on May 7-9, has a qualifying character for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nearly 170 gymnasts from 35 countries of the world are taking part in the World Cup in Baku.Azerbaijan is represented by Zohra Aghamirova and Arzu Jalilova at the competition in the individual program. In group exercises for the country, the team will consist of Lyaman Alimuradova, Zeynab Hummatova, Yelyzaveta Luzan, Maryam Safarova and Darya Sorokina.The competitions are held in accordance with the quarantine measures in force in the country, given the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and without the participation of spectators.