For now, you may discuss the weather.

The media climate is growing so grim in Azerbaijan that some observers are reminded of an old Soviet-era adage that just about the only safe topic for public discussion is the weather.

A government crackdown over the past year, carried out in the wake of the Euromaidan revolution that toppled the government in Ukraine, has muzzled independent voices and public critics of President Ilham Aliyev’s administration in Azerbaijan.