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Published 22 May 2012
Residents of the village of Chovdar in western Azerbaijan say a mining company has seized their land and blocked their roads as work begins to extract huge gold reserves. They've been trying to ask President Ilham Aliyev to intervene. What few realize is that the mining operation is largely controlled by members of the Aliyev family. (Video by Nushabe Fatullayeva and Khadija Ismayilova of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)
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