"The government has had a poor human rights record for a while, but for the past year and a half, we have seen a change for the worse," Mr. Gogia said. "The government is tightening the screws. Little by little, the islands of freedom are disappearing."
"Hopes were quite high when Mr. Aliyev came to power," Mr. Gogia said. "Here was an energetic, young leader who could modernize the country. But these hopes wound down quite soon after he came to power."