December 13, 2010

Central Asian Royalty Behaving Badly

Steve LeVine, Oil & Glory

AP Photo

There is no graduate-level course in princeling etiquette that I know of, but the latest WikiLeaks cables suggest that diplomatic schools should perhaps offer one. Consider Azerbaijan's first lady, Mehriban Aliyeva (above), and her family, who according to a cable written in January control a bank, insurance, construction, media, telecommunications, real-estate and cosmetics companies, in addition to Baku's only Bentley dealership.

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TAGGED: Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, WikiLeaks


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