Aygun Rashidova

An independent multimedia journalist, based in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Her career as a journalist started in 2013, after the first collaboration with a serious media organization in Baku - BBC Azeri Service. She was covering the social issues, working as a part-time intern.
Since December 2014 she started her collaboration with ChaiKhana NGO - the regional media platform reaching women, rural communities, minority groups, and conflict-affected communities in the Caucasus.
In 2015, as soon as she finishes her BA degree in TV Journalism at Baku State University, Aygun Rashidova joined Caucasus Authors Course - a one-year media course, which included 4 real meetings in different parts of Europe and several pieces of Skype training.

From September 2016 she was enrolled in MA Multimedia Journalism and Media Management program of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi, Georgia. Throughout her studies, she has worked on different projects highlighting the social, economic and cultural issues in Georgia. After the completion of her studies, she started to work as a video-reporter at the startup project - online TV (Baku.tv).

This portfolio includes the stories both from Georgia and Azerbaijan, which have been covered by Aygun R. in the past 2 years.


Село Орсантия, в нескольких км от разделяющей линии между непризнанной Республикой Абхазия и Грузией. Жители села первыми почувствовали войну. Именно сюда хлынули тысячи вынужденных переселенцев, оставив свои дома, воспоминания и часть родной души за «границей».


Davit Vanishvili's life had totally changed after the barb wires were set up. Ever since he has been having challenges in communicating with the outer world. During passing 5 years, the media covered his life and many politicians have come to visit him. The barb wires dividing Davit Vanishvili`s household were put in 2012. He has been forced to accept the South Ossetian “citizenship.” Vanishvili refused it and remains one of the symbols of the occupation.

Wife's Motive For Killing Husband Unknown

Mother of three children killed her husband with an ax in Tazakendi, Marneuli. Reasons are unknown. On December 26, 2016, in Tazakendi village, 15 km outside Marneuli municipality, 23-year-old Turkan Karimova killed her 33-year-old husband Ruslan Karimov with an ax. According to her interviews with the Azerbaijan news agency APA, she did it to protect her children and herself. Neighbors were not eager to comment about the incident, but generally, they said they never heard about any problem

My Body Remembers Chernobyl | Aygun Rashidova

On April 26th, 1986 Eldar Sultanov was a police officer in Gostomel, 35 kilometres from Kiev, capital of the then Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. “I was sitting on the couch, watching the evening news. They showed the nuclear plant in Chernobyl engulfed by flames.” Sultanov, then 35, decided immediately to volunteer for the rescue operations. The explosion in the reactor area of the fourth unit of the nuclear plant in Chernobyl, close to the border with today’s Belarus, was caused by a f

Being Jek in Azerbaijan | Aygun Rashidova

High up in the rocky, velvety green mountains of northern Azerbaijan lies a tiny village with its own language that sees itself as the homeland for an entire ethnicity – even if many others do not.     It is the village of Jek (Cek in Azerbaijani). And its 300-some inhabitants, predominantly Sunni Muslims, consider themselves ethnic Jeks, descendants of the Caucasian Albanians, an ancient, semi-legendary people. Their language, part of the northeast Caucasus’ Lezgin group, is their calling card,

My Garmon | Aygun Rashidova

Ten-year-old Sabir Quliyev has a dream - to become a musician. Born into an Internally Displaced Person family, he has lived in a small self-made house lying between the railways of Baladshary train station of Baku his whole life. Despite the fact that few have ever believed in his talent, Sabir managed to pass his exams and got into a music school with the highest grade, giving him the chance to study for free. However, to deepen his practice, Sabir needs an accordion. The price of an instrum

Как живут последние русские духоборы в Грузии

В Гореловке живет около 320 человек, духоборов почти половина - 140. Было гораздо больше, но многие уехали в первой волне эмиграции — после распада Советского Союза. Кто-то испугался безработицы и разрухи, кто-то — грузинского национализма в годы правления первого президента Грузии Звияда Гамсахурдия.

Tbilisi - The theater named after Griboyedov

"The elder son" - the story about two young people, who happened to be in an unfamiliar suburb at night, in search of an overnight stay. An accidental meeting with unfamiliar family had changed the life of these two guys. Only an elderly father of Safranov's family, a kind and truthful man was staying alone with himself and his unfinished music composition. The director of the play Giorgi Margvelashvili says, that he staged a play about loneliness, transience, and illusiveness of happiness and that life is fully in charge of His Majesty the Incident. And it is not given to man to predict how will be his future.

Ukraine wins first-ever lawsuit linked to Donbas war in international court

The European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling in its first-ever lawsuit that concerned occupation of the parts of eastern Ukraine by Russian-backed militants. The plaintiff, Oleksandr Khlebik, sued Ukraine for infringing on his right to a fair trial in a reasonable time. Khlebik, 43, is a former convict who in 2013-2016 was serving time for armed robbery in a prison located in a government-controlled part of Ukraine’s Luhansk Oblast.