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Azerbaijan is in a multi-billion dollar mess with bribes

Azerbaijan is in a multi-billion dollar mess with bribes

The total amount amounts to about three billion dollars.

Newspapers Watchman And Berlingskyin cooperation between 15 media outlets in Europe and the United States, obtained documents showing how the regime, a large bank in Azerbaijan as well as the Russian state transferred money through the operations of Danske Bank in Estonia, through companies in the United Kingdom, to finally reach with people in the most extreme situation. .

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Leaked bank details show that several former members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) shared the funds. One of them is Eduard Lintner, who was the leader of Germany's Christian Social Union, the sister party of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

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These payments came at a time when Azerbaijan faced the harshest accusations of human rights violations, arrests of journalists, and election fraud. The regime tried to silence critics in Europe and the United States by bribing delegates in what became known as “caviar diplomacy,” the Guardian wrote.

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The pressure was so successful that Pace voted against a 2013 report critical of Azerbaijan.

Eduard Lintner founded a company to promote German-Azerbaijani relations, which received 819,500 euros. The €61,000 payment was made two weeks after Lintner visited Azerbaijan and found that the presidential election met “German requirements” – in direct contrast to election observers who found “widespread problems.”

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The business partners of US President Donald Trump also participated in the financial plan, during the Trump Tower project in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku. The links do not go directly to Donald Trump, but he has since withdrawn from the project.

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