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Today, Elmar Huseynov would have turned 52

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Today, Elmar Huseynov, editor-in-chief of the legendary 'Monitor' magazine, would have turned 52 years old. The independent journalist died on 2 March 2005. The hired assassins from Georgia shot the Azerbaijani journalist with 7 shots at point-blank range.

Elmar Huseynov was born in Baku on 17 July 1967. In 1992, he graduated from the Azerbaijan Institute of Civil Engineering and acquired the profession of hydraulic engineer. For some time he worked in the specialty: in Azerbaijan - on the construction of the Khudaferin HPP, in Russia - on the construction of the largest Boguchansk HPP.

In 1995, Elmar Huseynov founded Trend information and economic analysis agency, and also created and headed the weekly newspaper 'Alver.' In 1996, he became one of the founders of the Centre for Geo-Economic Research. In 1996, Elmar Huseynov established the social-political magazine 'Monitor.'

In August 1998, Elmar Huseynov became the founder of the weekly newspaper 'Baku Boulevard.' And from November 1999, he began to publish the weekly newspaper 'Baku Vedomosti,' which was discontinued after its 8th issue after repeated threats against the editorial office.

In February 2000, Huseynov became the editor-in-chief and publisher of the weekly magazine 'Monitor Weekly.' Since April 2002, Elmar Huseynov again began to publish the magazine 'Monitor,' first in monthly and then in weekly format.

The pressure that Elmar and his publication experienced during this period was almost unbearable. In any case, not a single publication in this country has ever been subjected to such pressure: not a single printing house agreed to print the magazine, state-owned print distribution companies refused to sell it, and the owners of the premises did not rent them to the 'Monitor' editorial office. But even this could not break Elmar. The magazine employees worked at home, the magazine was printed on a risograph, and was distributed through individual sellers.

Elmar Huseynov repeatedly received various journalistic awards - the Zardabi Award, the Golden Pen Award. He has repeatedly been recognised as the best journalist and best editor. And just as often, criminal cases were brought against him, threats were heard against him, and judicial sanctions were applied to him, including imprisonment.

Despite repeated offers of foreign states to grant him political asylum, Elmar Huseynov remained in Azerbaijan and continued his professional activities.

The last issue of the Monitor magazine was published on 19 February 2005. In the evening of 2 March 2005, Elmar Huseynov was shot at close range at the entrance to the building in Baku, where he lived with his family.

Elmar Huseynov was survived by his wife Rushana and son Aslan, who was 1 year 4 months old at the time of his father's assassination.

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