UK at centre of secret $3bn Azerbaijani money laundering and lobbying scheme

The Guardian   Exclusive: Leaked data reveals thousands of covert payments, including to European politicians and journalists Some of the money went towards an international lobbying operation to deflect criticism of Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, pictured with his wife Mehriban outside 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters Luke Harding, Caelainn Barr and Dina Nagapetyants Monday…