Azerbaijani activists score rare win against development

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Buzovna, a seaside village on Azerbaijan’s Absheron peninsula, used to be known as Azerbaijan’s “Hollywood” due to the many scenes that the local film industry shot on its signature rocks. It also was a beloved local recreation spot, where people spent their childhoods playing on the beach. But for nearly two decades, locals haven’t had access to the seashore: Owners of homes on the prime real estate along the beach have over the years erected a series of fences and concrete walls shutting off “their” section of the beach to anyone else. “People couldn’t go to Karabakh for 30 years because of …

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