Baku's Fancy Facelift
The Azerbaijani capital, Baku, is hosting the first European Games between June 12-28. The government sees the event, governed by the European Olympic Committees (EOC), as a prestige project and has spent billions of dollars sprucing up the city. The construction boom has been funded by Azerbaijan's steady flow of oil revenues, but there has been controversy after deadly fires blamed on shoddy work. The preparations for the event have also been overshadowed by a crackdown on civil society -- with dozens of journalists and activists arrested.
The Baku skyline is reflected in a fountain, June 10, 2015.