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Emin Agalarov and the Political Side to Pop

Emin Agalarov descends from on high during the performance of his "Never Enough" at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.

Azerbaijani-Russian pop star Emin Agalarov has landed on the American political stage pretty much the same way that he descended from the sky during his 2012 Eurovision Song Contest performance -- out of nowhere. Still, perhaps it's only fitting that the continued controversy over the Donald Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia has post-Soviet pop music playing in the background.

A Baku-born singer with an Enrique-Iglesias-style image -- a heartthrob, followed around by a complement of beautiful women -- the 37-year-old Agalarov (known as “Emin”) might, at first glance, seem unlikely to feature in a scandal over the Kremlin allegedly giving Trump’s bid for the White House a leg up.

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