Little hope, and only negative change

A scathing editorial up at the Azeri Report accuses the Obama administration of ceding the AZ to Russia and thereby letting it backslide on democracy:
As Azerbaijan is shifting its orientation toward Russia, its domestic policy also turns to be more and more authoritarian. It looks like by crushing the political and civic institutions in the country the Azeri government is making sure that there will be no political force left in the country to challenge its political decisions.

The whole thing is fairly brutal, and worth your time.