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The U.S. Department of Statesays corruption is pervasive in Azerbaijan. Human rights are widely abused, violence against journalists and demonstrators is not uncommon, and detainees are sometimes tortured, says the State Department.

Additionally, 47 percent of people in Azerbaijan paid a bribe to access one of nine public services in the previous 12 months, according to a Transparency International surveypublished in January 2010. The institute’s legal advice center in the oil-rich country has also received 30,000 complaints since it opened, with most complaints being about the judicial sector.

Source: U.S. State Dept., Transparency International || Photo: Oliviero Olivieri | Getty Images