- Oil generated £19 billion in revenues last year, yet much is believed to have gone straight into the pockets of President Ilham Aliyev and his family
- Azeri government has threatened journalists and activists are tortured
- Leaked documents recently compared President Aliyev and his ruling clan to the mafia family in the Godfather films
By Will Stewart
PUBLISHED: 17:00 EST, 24 November 2012 | UPDATED: 17:58 EST, 24 November 2012
Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt, bathed in asses’ milk for the good of her complexion, but here in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, an even more surprising treatment is on offer. Disrobing from their Gucci or Oscar de la Renta outfits, the ladies who lunch lie naked in baths of crude oil, believing, as did Marco Polo, that the warming effects of 40C crude cure skin diseases, rheumatism, arthritis and even ‘nerves’.
Medical science says that, beyond ten minutes, the effects are…
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