Prior to his presidency, Aliyev had a short time to be prime minister; twice, in 1995 and 2000, he was elected a deputy to the parliament of the republic, and from 1994 to 2003 he worked as vice-president of the State Oil Company. According to the official biography, his brief experience in the sphere of private business concerns the years 1991-1994, when he “headed a number of industrial and commercial enterprises”.
The Aliyev Gardens
The cottage village "Gardens Meiendorf", as well as Medvedev's residence, named after the Tsarist officer Mikhail Meyendorf, who left Russia with the beginning of the First World War, is located 16 km from the Moscow Ring Road, near the Barvikha sanatorium of the Presidential Administration. Also about 10 km away is the official residence of Vladimir Putin “Novo-Ogaryovo” and the premiere residence “Gorki-9”. Several times sold in this village mansions were recognized as the most expensive in Russia and even in the world.
In Gardens Meyendorf, Russian forbes own the real estate: the richest (according to the 2018 rating) Russian businessman Vladimir Lisin, Iskander Makhmudov, Andrey Bokarev, Dmitry Mazepin. The real estate of Aleksey Bogdanchikov, the son of the former president of Rosneft, Sergei Bogdanchikov, is also located there; businessmen Alexander and Shalva Chigirinsky.
It also houses the world's only private mansion, created by architect Zaha Hadid. The customer was co-owner of Capital Group Vladislav Doronin.
The site of the architectural bureau Zaha Hadid says that the height of pines and birches in this village near Moscow reaches 20 meters. And if Doronin’s futuristic house rises above the trees, Aliyev’s plot is hidden behind them.
The builder of the settlement on its website guarantees potential buyers the privacy of transactions, as they “understand the character of the local audience,” and promises that “outsiders and the press” will not enter the territory of the settlement. The security guard at the checkpoint told the "Project" correspondent that he himself did not know the names of the tenants, and sometimes even how they look, as the owners of the mansions come in cars with tinted windows. Also, almost every owner of the house lives next to his personal security, he assured.
Thus, the Aliyev bodyguards live in a 200-meter-high house specially built for it.
The area of Heydar Aliyev Jr. is more than 7 thousand square meters. The area of the mansion is 1.6 thousand square meters. The house is located on the border of the village close to Podushkinsky forest park, next to the Big Barvihinsky pond (local residents complained that it was completely blocked by a fence).
“Meiendorf Gardens” can already be called the Aliyevs family nest: the house of the eldest daughter of Azerbaijani President Leyla is located nearby. The area of Aliyeva - 7.7 thousand square meters. m, it is located in several houses from the site of her brother Heydar. Aliyeva, like her brother, became the owner of this expensive real estate at a young age of 20 years.
In addition to the obvious nepotism, many questions have always caused a source of enrichment of the Aliyevs. OCCRP investigative journalists have found that members of this family own various businesses hidden behind offshore companies, luxury real estate properties, and even gold deposits.
To live well in Russia
Many CIS heads of state or their relatives are pretty close to Russia. In Russia, the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, is hiding from criminal prosecution in the home country - singer Iosif Kobzon told that he lives “fence to the fence” with him in Bakovka, situated near Moscow. Yanukovych’s son Alexander, meanwhile, registered a company in St. Petersburg. The first president of the Kyrgyz Republic, Askar Akayev, after he was overthrown as a result of the Tulip Revolution, also hid in Moscow and now teaches at the Higher School of Economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences. During the investigation of the criminal case against the daughter of the former President of Uzbekistan Gulnara Karimova, it turned out that the “criminal group” in which she was a member owns several apartments in Moscow and stands alone on Rublevka, as well as a hotel complex in Yalta. Last year, it was announced the purchase of control over the "Port Vysotsky" son of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev Timur Kulibayev.
According to various sources, Viktor Yanukovych and Askar Akayev are hiding in Russia, and relatives of Nursultan Nazarbayev have assets here.