The author, Liz Fuller, has reported from this region for several years, but I don't sense a close grip on the political realities of the country. For example, I can't see the authorities "quietly abandoning the Aliyev personality cult and tapping into accumulated oil revenues to finance a broad program of material benefits intended to make the political status quo more palatable." And in her last paragraph, she betrays a belief that elections in Azerbaijan are about counting votes. I'm not sure about that either.
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