Just filling out a bit of a black hole of my coverage: oil and corruption in and around Azerbaijan. First, an American businessman is in trouble over bribing his way towards control over oil:
Frederic Bourke, a founder of the accessories firm Dooney & Bourke, guilty of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the travel act and making false statements to federal law-enforcement officials. The charges were related to a scheme to bribe Azerbaijan government officials in connection with the privatization of the State Oil Co. of the Azerbaijan.
Along with Viktor Kozeny, an investor buddy who was his neighbor at a ski residence in Aspen, Bourke schemed to pay millions to the government of Azerbaijan in order to gain control of the state-owned oil company there.
Second, bloggers are targeted by authorities:
Azerbaijan: Citizen media in defense of detained activists, bloggers
(They are being charged with hooliganism for being ‘militant pacifist bloggers’!?!?)
Third, a chopper has crashed:
All just from a Google search of recent news. I will not forget that region from now on, promise.