The rapid expansion of casinos in Baku and other Azerbaijani cities has become a particular social phenomenon.

Activists in Azerbaijan lashed out the recent and vicious spread of casinos and gambling clubs in the country’s capital, Baku, denouncing the phenomenon which will negatively affect the entire society.

The activists also believe that these casinos and clubs are supported by high-ranking government figures, especially Kamal al-Din Haydarov and Ali Hasanov. They [activists] cite an explicit resemblance in the gambling regulations, staff and the interior design.

The Azerbaijani government is accused of sponsoring a ‘mafia network’ which expands and supports gambling club nationwide.

Following the economic crisis and the sharp decline in the value of Manat against dollar, the rates of unemployment and poverty have explosively soared.

Analysts fears a tremendous social crisis in Azerbaijan as some greedy officials try to gain profits and control social emotions through spread of drugs, gambling and corruption centers.

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