Azerbaijan: An Illusion (2 of 12)

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When you reach the large boulevard in Baku that is placed a long the Caspian Sea, you see families strolling around, vendors selling snacks and restaurants serving shish kebab; all of it bathed in soft yellow light. All in all it looks something out of a city fairytale.
The people you meet on the streets are extremely friendly and open to foreigners and walking around Baku you get a lot of curious looks and always a helping hand if you are lost.

According to Time Magazine and an independent economics site,, the government spent at least 38 million dollars promoting Azerbaijan in 2011. It ranges from passing out USB keys and commercials on TV about the country. The country’s leaders do a lot of work to hide the fact that the country has a very poor human rights record.

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