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Coordinates: 40°26′N 49°46′E / 40.433°N 49.767°E / 40.433; 49.767

Sulutəpə is located in Azerbaijan
Coordinates: 40°26′N 49°46′E / 40.433°N 49.767°E / 40.433; 49.767
Country  Azerbaijan
City Baku
Raion Binəqədi
Municipality Biləcəri
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 2,637
Time zone UTC+4 (AZT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+5 (AZT)

Sulutəpə (also, Sulutepe or Sulu Tepe) is a settlement in Baku, Azerbaijan. The settlement forms part of the municipality of Biləcəri in Binəqədi raion.[2]

It is an unofficial township built up in the 1980s by rural migrants and refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh. There is oil there, and oil wells, on the land occupied by residents, ownership being claimed by "Binagadi Oil", which is, in turn, owned by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) and the Company "Global Energy Azerbaijan" which is registered in the Virgin Islands. Attempts by the oil company to evict squatters and demolish illegal construction have been controversial with residents strongly contesting the oil companies claims.[3][4][5] It was reported that on April 17, 2012 a mob of local residents attacked oil company employees demolishing houses and that the employees, in turn, severely beat a local Azeri reporter, Idrak Abbasov, while he was filming the incident.[6]


  1. ^ World Gazetteer: Azerbaijan –
  2. ^ "Belediyye Informasiya Sistemi" (in Azerbaijani). Archived from the original on September 24, 2008.
  3. ^ "Azerbaijan: journalist Abbasov demands investigation into attacks on his relatives and their house". Caucasian Knot. Oct 25, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "Azerbaijan: scuffle bursts out of SOCAR employees with Sulu-Tepe villagers". Caucasian Knot. April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "Next house demolitions and the confrontation in the Sulu Tepe". Contact.Az. April 6, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Ellen Barry (April 18, 2012). "Reporter in Azerbaijan Beaten After Filming Dispute". The New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2012.

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