March 23, 2023


we will never forget

Caviar Diplomacy How Azerbaijan silenced the Council of Europe

ESI European Stability Initiative

Caviar has always been a symbol of luxury. Prolific caviar eaters themselves, Russian tsars
and Iranian shahs treated visiting royalty to the roe of the Beluga sturgeon. With ninety per
cent of the world’s caviar sourced from the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan (a Caspian nation with a
population of 8 million) is rich in caviar and generous with its wealth. Even in Soviet times,
Azeri officials brought tins of caviar with them when they conducted business in other parts
of the Empire …
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