Conversation with Ilham Aliyev about pressure on civil society

Conversation with Ilham Aliyev about pressure on civil society       In April of this year, Azerbaijan lost its “full member” status at the organization and gained a “candidate” status, which shows that the civil society in Azerbaijan is facing a problematic situation.   According to her, President Aliyev related the pressures against the civil society to “some instability in the region.”   Clare Short served as the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development in 1997-2003. Below you can read her interview with BBC Azerbaijan.   - How did you decide to visit...

Offshores Close to President Paid Nothing for State Share of Telecom

  Taxpayers in Azerbaijan lost more than US$ 600 million in a deal that made no sense for all involved except for a murky offshore deeply connected to President Ilham Aliyev.   An investigative report provides details on how a company close to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his family likely walked off with more than US$ 1 billion in a takeover of his country’s stake in Azercell Telecom, the largest mobile operator in the country.   The process was aided by a subsidiary of TeliaSonera, the Swedish-Finnish telecom giant,...
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