Editors. "Russians take Baku and Derbent from Persia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2011
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Russia takes the Persian cities of Baku and Derbent, on the Caspian Sea. The Persian forces are unable to prevent this, because they are currently pre-occupied with an Afghan invasion by Mir Mahmud, who by the end of the month has secured his position as the new Shah of Persia.