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Mirbahram Azimbayli

Mirbahram Azimbayli is from Azerbaijan, and currently studying in Oxford.

“I am originally from Karabakh and was raised in Baku, as a child of early years of our Republic, I could not escape from the ghost of the USSR easily. I received my bachelor degree from the Middle East Technical University built by Americans in Turkey where you can still find portraits of Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky on the walls. In our campus, shaped like a pistol towards the USSR, I was taught international relations by Oxbridge and Harvard educated professors. On Erasmus in Leiden, I studied and travelled a lot, enjoyed Dutch waffles and riding my bike before it was stolen. Now, I am a final year MPhil student in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oxford, researching Azerbaijan-Russia relations after the Georgian War.

These days I am busy applying for jobs in the UK and Europe as well as writing my theoretical chapter. I was the youngest writer in Azerbaijan’s history having published two books and many articles. I enjoy writing poems and stories. After graduation, I am planning to publish a novel on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and life of internally displaced people. I have actively volunteered helping the IDPs living on the front line in Azerbaijan.

I love the Caucasian and Central Asian cuisines. I speak Azerbaijani, Turkish, Russian, English and some French.

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