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Azerbaijan Trip Report

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Hey! Let me tell you about what's currently on in Azerbaijan as I've just come from that place and was really surprised to know about. I need to say that I've always thought Azerbaijani people to be independent in their way of life, home affairs or religion. But not until last time I was in that country. It suddenly came to me that Azerbaijan becomes more and more influenced by, guess who... Turkey! I don't need to palter with truth, I'm not very much fond of the Turks. I used to be to Turkey a few times on purpose of business and I've got to confess that the Turks are the last ones who I would want to make business with.

But now they are in Azerbaijan, what an unpleasant surprise! You don't see them in Baku, yet. But in distant regions the Turks are quite active – building up numerous Sunni mosques (while note that most Azerbaijani people are Shia) and also stand for sharia even though Azerbaijan is a secular state.

All in all, I believe that the Turks are too pully. It would be sad to know if they manage to get any serious political leverage in Azerbaijan. But for some reason, that's what they are going to get.