December 3, 2022

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Azerbaijani lobbyists target EU opinion

Eurobserver

Azerbaijan beats up journalists, jails political opponents and bulldozes people’s homes to build shopping malls, according to the latest resolution by the European Parliament.

It is run “in a manner similar to the feudalism found in Europe during the Middle Ages … with general agreement among leading families to divide the spoils,” according to a leaked US embassy cable from 2010.

It is being “consistently persecute[d]” by NGOs Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in the run-up to Eurovision 2012, according to Ali Hasanov, the head of the Azerbaijan presidential administration socio-political department.

Hasanov’s statement this week is a sign of Baku’s sensitivity about its international reputation.

With President Ilham Aliyev’s wife personally organising Eurovision and his daughter recently launching a glossy magazine to promote the country, the sensitivity goes right to the top.

It has hired four lobby firms in the US: Bob Lawrence & Associates, Jefferson Waterman International, Fabiani and Company and Patton Boggs …

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Andrew Rettman