Friday, April 21, 2006

Diplomatic Relations: US Ambassador and the Azerbaijan prostitute scandal

Pravda has a fascinating article on Reno Harnish, the USA's former Ambassador to Azerbaijan. The article is titled, "US Ambassador to Azerbaijan recalled after prostitute scandal"

Extract: "It all started with information that had leaked to the press saying that the ambassador is apparently returning to his homeland. "What's the reason for that?" the local media asked all at once, having easily calculated that the state department is recalling the senior diplomat before the stipulated end of his tenure."

"It was nothing other than his failure over the "orange revolution" that betrayed poor Harnish," the opposition press sympathetically supposed. After all the ambassador worked tirelessly for the victory of the Azerbaijani "Orangeists": he took part in zonal confrontations with them in the provinces, forced through the registration of opposition leader Rasul Guliev, even though he is on the wanted list, and helped with meetings..."

"Actually the FBI was on the tail of the major mafia which trades in "living" goods. FBI agents turned up in Harnish's lobby, embassy officials began to be called in to speak with them. It is known for certain that the enlistment and transfer of young people from sunny Azerbaijan to no less sunny Florida were organized on a truly American scale and brought large profits. There turned out to be a large demand for scorching brunettes in the USA, and so joint business between American diplomats and Baku prostitutes, which had lasted for many a year, flourished. Baku has been more successful with its integration into the Western sex industry, than in its NATO partnership".

The article also tells the story of Zarifa Dzhabieva, a former translator with the American embassy, who was found murdered with fifty knife wounds. Although killed in her own home, nothing was stolen.