Khadija Ismayilova – Ilgar Mammadov
Khadija Ismayilova – Ilgar Mammadov (jailed): human rights activists in Azerbaijan

Caviar Diplomacy, prosecutors, corruption and the Council of Europe

The Azerbaijani Laundromat

The Azerbaijani Laundromat is a complex money-laundering operation and slush fund that handled $2.9 billion over a two-year period through four shell companies registered in the UK

The scheme was uncovered through a joint investigation by Berlingske (Denmark), OCCRP, The Guardian (UK), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Le Monde (France), Tages-Anzeiger and Tribune de Genève (Switzerland), De Tijd (Belgium), Novaya Gazeta (Russia), Dossier (Austria), (Hungary), Delo (Slovenia), RISE Project (Romania), Bivol (Bulgaria), Aripaev (Estonia), Czech Center for Investigative Journalism (Czech Republic), and Barron's (US).

This project is part of the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, a collaboration started by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and Transparency International.

ESI briefing note: From Russia with threats - The PACE summer session and a dramatic turn (13 July 2017)

ESI newsletter: Merchants of Doubt or investigating Corruption (21 April 2017)

Open letter to PACE members: Backing Sawicki – how to investigate corruption in Strasbourg (27 March 2017)

Caviar Diplomacy in international media

Civic Solidarity: European Values Bought and Sold (April 2017)
ESI newsletter: The dark knight of Strasbourg (June 2017)
The European Swamp (December 2016)
Europe and Azerbaijan: The End of Shame
Journal of Democracy, Gerald Knaus, "Europe and Azerbaijan: The End of Shame"
Caviar Diplomacy (May 2012)
Disgraced (November 2013)
Showdown in Strasbourg (February 2013)
Azerbaijan debacle (February 2013)
Gerald Knaus on how the government of Azerbaijan has captured the Council of Europe. Video: Norwegian Helsinki Committee
Gerald Knaus: The end of shame? Azerbaijan, the Council of Europe and the capture of Europe. Video: Norwegian Helsinki Committee
Azerbaijan's new dissidents
Newsletters on Azerbaijan
Leyla Yunus
Leyla Yunus (Azerbaijan)
Andrei Sakharov
Andrei Sakharov (Soviet Union)
Dramatic debates: How PACE lost its soul
Recent events and articles
Council of Europe. Photo: Alban Bodineau / Council of Europe
Council of Europe. Photo: Alban Bodineau / Council of Europe
Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks, Berit Lindeman (Norwegian Helsinki Committee), PACE Member Pieter Omzigt, Dinara Yunus, Alexandra Stiglmayer
Side event on Azerbaijan at PACE in April 2015
The Passion Project
Caviar diplomacy. Photo: flickr/Cavin
Caviar Diplomacy. Photo: flickr/Cavin
Saman Sardar, Alexandra and Nataliya Novakova. Photo: ESI
Saman Sardar, Alexandra and Nataliya Novakova. Photo: ESI

In 2015, ESI and the School of Public Policy of the Central European University worked together on a Passion Project focusing on Azerbaijan. The CEU School of Public Policy organises such Passion Projects between students on a two-year programme for a Master of Public Administration and NGOs, government organisations and policy-oriented companies. This provides the students with a real-life learning experience and is part of their curriculum.

Dissidents and donkeys
Generation Facebook. Photo: OL!
Generation Facebook. Photo: OL!
"Eşşekle (Esel Heinz) müsahibe" – Donkey satire in Azerbaijan. Photo: OL!

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