Official statement of Azerbaijan after the #Laundromat investigation

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Photo: Official web site of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev

1)  Release of the Press Service of the President

05.09.2017 [14:25]

The Press Service of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan has made the following statement regarding
a report published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) on 4 September
2017, and articles published based on this report by the BBC News (headlined “Azerbaijan operated secret
$3bn secret slush fund”, 5 September 2017) and The Guardian newspaper:

We state that neither the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan nor his family members have anything to do
with the accusations made in these articles. The efforts to involve the President and his family in this issue
are totally groundless, prejudiced and provocative.

We know that it is George Soros and his henchmen, who have an international reputation of cheaters,
tricksters, falsifiers and liars and who are acting against Azerbaijan and its leadership, who stand behind this
campaign. George Soros`s dirty actions should be seriously investigated. The Armenian lobby, which acts in
concert with him, carries out a dirty campaign against the President of Azerbaijan and his family. But despite
their efforts, this campaign has not yielded any results. The fact that one of the co-authors of the article,
which was published by The Guardian newspaper, is Armenian Dina Nagapetyan once again shows that
these dirty accusations are at the same time another disgusting action
of the world Armenianism.

2) Statement by Azerbaijani President`s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov

05.09.2017 [15:06]
Baku, September 5, AZERTAC

In a statement given to AZERTAC, the Azerbaijani President`s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov has commented on a report by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which was spread in the foreign media.
Ali Hasanov said:
– Rapid development, independent internal and foreign policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which is a constitutional, democratic state, seriously concerns some interested circles, particularly Armenia and the Armenian lobby. Reports featuring prejudiced allegations and subjective views of non-transparent organizations such as OCCRP, which are established to serve the known purposes, are prepared on anti-Azerbaijani centers` and networks` orders, and then spread in the world media.
The primary goal of this campaign is to damage Azerbaijan`s healthy image and create a negative impression of the country internationally. The campaign also targets famous persons – public and political figures, officials, experts – who have a friendly attitude towards Azerbaijan and make positive comments on the country`s development, public and political life, economic achievements, and casts doubts on these persons` activities.
Investigations have revealed that one of the main authors of the report made by OCCRP is an Armenian national. At the same time, one of the co-authors of the article published by The Guardian is Dina Nagapetyan, an Armenian national. The Armenian lobby and representatives of the anti-Azerbaijani networks and media, which are influenced by the Armenian lobby, are contributing to widely spreading this material in the world media.
I would also like to emphasize that there have previously been similar prejudiced allegations against Azerbaijan, its President and his family members and efforts to organize a dirty campaign against our country, but those who ordered and executed these campaigns have failed to achieve their goals.
We once again state that the accusations made by OCCRP are prejudiced, groundless and provocative in nature and constitute a part of a dirty slander campaign organized against Azerbaijan by the known circles.


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