On March 17, the Azerbaijani authorities released the political prisoner Afgan Mukhtarli and he immediately flew to Germany, where he still lives. Mukhtarli was kidnapped in Georgia in 2017 and accused of illegally crossing the state border.
On March 23, the first lockdown was introduced in Azerbaijan due to the coronavirus - people were forbidden to leave their homes. During the year, this ban was introduced several times, permission to leave the house could be received by SMS for just 2-3 hours a day.
On April 1, the Baku Metro closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the summer, this form of public transport, the most popular, was reopened for a short time, but then closed again. The subway in Baku still does not work.