A longtime official who has served as mayor or deputy mayor of several cities in Azerbaijan and districts of its capital, Baku. He is currently Baku’s mayor. Azizov is known for a number of controversial actions, including using municipal funds to pay for extremely long cakes for President Ilham Aliyev’s birthday.
While Azizov was mayor of Ganja, a corporate bank account was opened at Credit Suisse of which he, his wife, and his daughter were beneficiaries. His son held power of attorney. It’s unclear what kind of company the family might have had, but Azerbaijani law prohibits state officials from engaging in business.