UPDATE: Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli have been released on condition after 17 months of detention on Novermber 18-19, 2010 respectfully. They are still not allowed to leave the country until the end of the detention period.


On July 8, 2009 two bloggers and youth activists Emin (Milli) Abdullayev and Adnan Hajizada, were beaten up by strangers in one of the downtown cafes. They went to the police station to weite a complaint and were arrested for “hooliganism” instead. Two days after, they were sentenced 2 months of pre-trial detention period.

On November 11, 2009 after two months of court hearings both of them were found guilty. Adnan was sentenced two, Emin two-and-a-half years of prison.

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Adnan Hajizada


Adnan Hajizadeh was born on 13th of July, 1983 in Baku. He graduated from Baku European Lyceum and is a FLEX (Future Leader Exchange Program) alum. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Richmond University. Upon his return to Baku, Adnan continued his education to obtain a Bachelor degree in Law from Khazar University.

After parliamentary elections of 2005, Adnan took part in mass protests against the rigged election results and was subject to physical pressure by the police. Adnan is one of the main founders of OL! Azerbaijani Youth Movement, a non-violent movement aimed at education and development of Azerbaijani youth. Adnan served in the Executive Board three times and he is also OL’s External Affairs Coordinator. Adnan works at BP Azerbaijan, Communications and External Affairs Department. He is Internal Communications Officer.

In October 2007, Adnan went to the army to complete his military service. Upon his return from the army in October 2008 he continued his work both at BP Azerbaijan and at OL! Azerbaijan Youth Movement. Adnan is a prominent member of civil society and very well known among youth activists for his Youtube videos (look up: fuserlimon andolmedia). Some of these videos had an educational character for foreigners to know Azerbaijan better, while others carried a subtle political message (a video on imported donkey which cost $41,000 orthe flowers on lampposts in the streets of Baku). Adnan was also the main brain power and implementer of several OL! campaigns such as “blue ribbon” or “ADR unites us!


Emin Milli


Emin Milli (Abdullayev), 30 (was born on October 14, 1979) is a New Media activist and one of the leaders of non-political, non profit youth organization AN (Alumni Network). Graduate of Baku State University International law school, Emin Milli got his masters degree at theUniversity of Saarbruecken European Law School.

Emin Milli has worked before as a coordinator of International Republican Institute (IRI) in Azerbaijan (1999-2000), as a director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in Azerbaijan (2002-2004). As a consultant and legal expert he was advising the Council of Europe (CoE) in matters concerning political prisoners in Azerbaijan in more than 40 cases (2002 -2004). In 2005 Milli has been political analyst assistant in OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission in Azerbaijan.

Emin Milli is the co-founder of AN Network established in 2005. He is one of the authors and organizers of the campaign – “Future Is What You Do Now” which contributed to the establishing and designing of the State Program to send 5 000 Azerbaijani students to the best Universities abroad. The latest decisions of the government to de-facto shut down foreign broadcasters (radios -”Liberty”, “BBC” and “VOA”) in combination with the scheduled referendum to be held on March 18, 2009 to establish unlimited Presidency in Azerbaijan made Emin Milli to initiate international campaign to increase international pressure on the government of Azerbaijan to reconsider its position on both issues.

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