All that Glitters[1] was published to mark the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 European Games in Baku.

All That Glitters 04 (Red Cover)[2]The inaugural European Games Baku 2015 are about much more than medals. Held in Azerbaijan at the height of a systematic crackdown on human rights and democracy, the Games are the first of a series of international sporting events the country is hosting.

All That Glitters [3] explores how these Games belong to Azerbaijan’s Aliyev regime and the British oil company BP and how sport is being co-opted in the service of a dynasty and fossil fuels.

So provocative that author Emma Hughes was banned[4] from Azerbaijan on the eve of the Games.

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A sequel to Platform’s ‘The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London’ [6](Verso, 2012), this publication returns readers to Azerbaijan’s capital, where a new generation of lawyers, journalists, politicians and activists is struggling for its country’s freedom. All That Glitters[7] unpicks the heady mix of sport, repression and hydrocarbons that is blinding the world to the grim reality behind the showcase of Baku.


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