I spent 17 months in a 3rd world country (horrible conditions) jail because of a YouTube video I made. AMA.
My name is Adnan Hajizada and I am a dissident and ex-prisoner of conscience from Azerbaijan. In 2009 I posted a video that mocked the ridiculous overspending (purchasing donkeys from Germany at USD 40,000 each) by the Government of Azerbaijan. Two weeks later, my friend and I were attacked and severely beaten up by government hired thugs while dining in one of the local cafes. We went and complained about the event to the Police. Eventually the thugs were let go, my friend and I were arrested on trumped up charges of hooliganism and causing minor bodily harm. We spent 17 months in jail. The case caused wire international outcry, eventually Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama spoke on our behalf and we were freed on parole.
I have been lurking here for a while, decided that the first post should be an AMA about myself. Hope this will be interesting.
EDIT: This is going incredibly well. I am getting out of work. Have no internet on the go. Will be back in 3-4 hours to answer more questions.
EDIT1: First post made it to the top of the front page! Redditors you are awesome! Keep the questions coming!
EDIT2: Some background on me. I was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in a family of a political activist. In 12th grade I enrolled into an exchange program and spend a year in an American High School in Federal Way, WA. Later I graduated from University of Richmond, VA with BA in Political Science. Interned in Voice of America radio station in DC. Went to law school in Azerbaijan, graduated in 2007 and was conscripted to Azerbaijani Army. Was arrested due to my public activity in July 9th of 2009.
EDIT3: Guys I am a little overwhelmed. I am not sure If having a lot of EDITs on the first post is a good thing. However I need to go to sleep now. Will come back to all of the questions tomorrow. Thank you!