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Azerbaijan: Taking Veneration for Past Leader to a Turkmenbashi Level?

Always under the watchful eyes of Aliyev. (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

The visage of Azerbaijan’s former leader, Heydar Aliyev, seems to be omnipresent in Baku; smiling down from highway billboards at cars, raising an arm in salutation outside the Central Bank, or appearing as an imprint on TV screens.

Given this context, it seems only natural that Azerbaijan’s National Academy of Sciences features a department devoted to the study of Aliyev -- Azerbaijan’s third president, as well as father of the incumbent leader – and the man credited with putting the country on its feet in the 1990s as an independent state and international energy power.

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Shahla Sultanova is a freelance journalist focusing on Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan: Taking Veneration for Past Leader to a Turkmenbashi Level?

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