Apr 15, 2008

Postcards from Azerbaijan

Last year, Azerbaijan posted a jaw-dropping 37.1% rise in GDP, the highest on the planet.

Now, the eXile reports back on the bizarre underside of the oil bonanza: “…the Caspian felt like several planets away as I surveyed a deathscape of trash fires, abandoned oil derricks, ghost processing plants, and crumbling concrete structures with no obvious purpose. In every direction, garbage, oil pipes, and the decaying carcasses of Baku street dogs and other mammalian vermin who came here to scavenge and never left.”

More photos from Balakhani, one of the most polluted cities in the world.

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