Many Americans may know my country, Azerbaijan, for its oil wealth or for its conflict with Armenia over the territory of Nagorno Karabakh. A March 5 article in The Post portrayed a nation whose ruling family appears to own $75 million worth of luxury villas in Dubai. Few of us in Azerbaijan were surprised by a report that President Ilham Aliyev’s family apparently invests assets abroad. What else should be expected from a leader who inherited power from his father through fraudulent elections?
Aliyev’s brutal crackdown on the opposition and independent media began with his election in October 2003. Thousands of Azeris protesting the transfer of power — more succession than an election — were arrested and beaten.… Seguir leyendo »