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And the Winner from Putin’s War on Ukraine Is … Azerbaijan

Posted on AllSides December 16th, 2023
From The Left
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine didn’t play out the way Vladimir Putin hoped, but it’s proving an unimagined boon for his fellow authoritarian leader in neighboring Azerbaijan. President Ilham Aliyev has never been as politically secure as he is today.

Sadly, that success is just adding to evidence, if more were needed, that when dictators feel strong, they tend to use their increased confidence for repression rather than for political and economic reform.

Aliyev has won big from Russia’s invasion on multiple fronts. In July last year he signed a deal...

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