Azerbaijan’s president traveled to the former de facto capital of the now-defunct Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on October 15.
Ilham Aliyev’s visit was full of aggressively triumphant symbolism, captured in a 4-minute video released by APA TV.
Clad in military fatigues, Aliyev toured the building that formerly housed the de facto Armenian government in the town known to Armenians as Stepanakert and Azerbaijanis as Khankandi.
As he entered the building, he stepped on a Nagorno-Karabakh flag that had been placed on the floor.
At one point, he opened a window and laughed as he wafted out the air he seemed to suggest had been contaminated by the breath of the previous inhabitants.