Ukrainian representatives, who visited Azerbaijan to attend an international conference on the so-called second stage of democratic reforms in Belarus and Azerbaijan, were detained at the airport. One of the detainees - coordinator of the "People's advocate" social programs, citizen of Estonia Andrey Popov - was released later, unlike the adviser for the Ukrainian foreign minister Sergey Yevtushenko, who is also a member of the Pora civic organization. Yevtushenko was released and deported to Ukraine on Sunday. Pora considerably contributed to the soft change of power that swept Ukraine late last year. Chairman of major opposition Musavat Party Isa Gambar told a news conference on Friday that the State Border Service detained the Ukrainian representatives without any grounds. "The attempts by Musavat representatives, who were greeting the visitors, to get any reasonable explanation were unsuccessful… I am ashamed for the country. It is time for Azeri authorities to start acting in accord with international norms."
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