Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Azerbaijan: WikiLeaks Cable Compares Ilham Aliyev to Movie Mafia Bosses

Posted by Info on 03/12/2010

A diplomatic cable dispatched by the US Embassy in Azerbaijan, part of the cache of documents obtained by the WikiLeaks website, compares Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to two iconic mafia dons from “The Godfather” movie trilogy -..

Citing “some observers,” the cable states that Aliyev’s foreign policies are marked by “pragmatism, restraint and a helpful bias toward integration with the West,” the document reads. His domestic policies, however, particularly on the 2009 imprisonment of bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade, illustrate his inner “Sonny Corleone,” the dispatch claims —“increasingly authoritarian and hostile to diversity of political views.”

“The dissonance between Aliyev’s sensible approach to foreign affairs, manifested by the cosmopolitan image he presents to Western visitors, with his tailored suits and flawless English, and the unpleasant reality of his approach to domestic issues raises the obvious question of how these two realities coexist,” the document continues.

The US Embassy to Baku has declined to “comment on documents which pretend to contain classified information.”
“The Godfather” analogy “does not promise anything positive for US-Azerbaijani relations.”
“Such comments by a high-ranking US diplomat are, of course, offending, and will not go unnoticed by Baku,” commented Elhan Shahinoglu, head of the Atlas think-tank. “Baku could … demand apologies in the future.”


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