Kallum Taylor made a surprise appearance on Azerbaijani TV yesterday.
The YUSU president was spotted by eagle-eyed students on the country’s YURD TV broadcasting station at the Alley of Martyrs in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.
He was laying a flower as part of the International Coalition for Peace and Security network’s remembrance into the Khojaly genocide – which involved the killing of hundreds of ethnic Azerbaijani civilians in 1992.
He told a YURD TV reporter: “It’s quite a complicated area. The network was set up for peace and security, hopefully in the long-term, it can bring together the various groups within this region.”
One student who saw him said: “What the hell is he doing in Azerbaijan? Absolutely no-one seems to be able to tell me why the union president has jetted off halfway across the world only to appear on a news report.”
The student union president is currently away while elections take place to find his successor for the next academic year.
Undergraduates and postgraduates have until midday tomorrow to cast their ballot.
The results will be announced on Friday evening.
YUSU President Kallum Taylor said: “I had intended to take a short break during voting week, and when I was invited to Azerbaijan on those dates, things fell together really well.
“It was a great opportunity to see and learn more about the country and its history, meet some amazing young and inspiring activists from across Europe (and Vietnam too) whilst getting the chance to relax and see some old friends.”