Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 190

Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court yesterday began the trial of Generals Vahid Musaev, Rafig Agaev, and Shahin Musaev — along with 20 other codefendants — involved in the June 1995 conspiracy to assassinate President Haidar Aliev and seize power. Some of the plotters attempted to shoot down Aliev’s airplane during takeoff from Baku airport with the president on board. However, the most senior of the generals, Shahid Musatov, was defense minister under former Communist Party leader and president Ayaz Mutalibov, and is being sheltered with Mutalibov in Russia. (Turan, Interfax, October 10)

Caspian Sea Status Talks Stalled.