In an insightful article for The Atlantic magazine entitled, “How Azerbaijan Is Like ‘The Godfather,'” journalist Michael Weiss takes an extensive and in-depth look at the corruption and tyranny behind Azerbaijan’s ruling family, the Aliyevs.
One family controls nearly every major part of the Caucasian nation, Michael Weiss explains.
“When he was a mere 11 years old, Heydar Aliyev, the son of Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, purchased $44 million in luxury mansions on Palm Jumeirah, the elite artificial archipelago built by Dubai and known for housing both holidaying British soccer players and thieving Russian tax officials. $44 million is, in the words of the Washington Post’s Andrew Higgins, who broke the story in 2010, ‘roughly 10,000 years worth of salary for the average citizen of Azerbaijan,’” Weiss says in his piece.
“But young Heydar wasn’t the only member of his family engaged in Gulf property speculation. His two older sisters, Leyla and Arzu, were also listed as owners in Dubai’s Land Department registry. Together, the three Aliyev children invested in $75 million in Dubai real estate, which certainly is impressive considering that their father’s official annual income as a public servant is just $228,000,” adds Weiss.