On June 24th at a meeting in “Open Russia” club in London, a discussion was held on the political and economic processes and practices in countries of the former Soviet Union. George Soros, an American financier and philanthropist present at the meeting, said the following about the West’s relationship with Ilham Aliyev’s Azerbaijan.
“The regime in Azerbaijan is an unpleasant, dictatorial one. I recently had the opportunity to speak one on one with the president of the country. He says that he doesn’t carry any responsibility for repression in Azerbaijan. By talking about the accusations levied against political prisoners in the country and what kind of conditions they go to sleep in at night, he demonstrated just how thoroughly familiar he is with the situation. He is a hypocrite. He is responsible for many wrongs in the country and has employed oppressive means. While showcasing the possible oil deposits of his country, he tries to keep the West satisfied. I think the West is making a big mistake in supporting [him].”