Government urged to investigate covert payments made by regime to European politicians and Azerbaijan’s supporters

Theresa May is facing calls to order an investigation into how UK companies were allowed to operate a £2.2bn lobbying and money-laundering scheme on behalf of Azerbaijan’s ruling elite.

Opposition politicians urged the government to open an inquiry after the Guardian published leaked information showing the Azerbaijani leadership made covert payments from 2012 to 2014 through a network of opaque British companies.

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