Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Azerbaijan Energy Prices

Azerbaijan's government has announced prices increases on several forms of energy, including natural gas and gasoline. The report in RFE-RL, however, doesn't say whether this is connected to the country's current dispute with Russia's Gazprom, either directly or through rhetoric as a means to justify the increase and minimize popular discontent through nationalism. Either way, while many Azerbaijanis are benefitting from the country's energy boom, enough aren't that this will hurt.

And on a side note, what's up with the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party? Do they really think the government has a plan to "destroy the Azerbaijani people?"


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