A failed business deal conducted between the Trump family and the Iranian military may have more than its unsuccessful outcomes to worry about. a recent report from the New Yorker details a tower bearing the TRUMP name in Baku, Azerbaijan, had connections to another business family with ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
The Trump Tower of Baku, located just off the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, was reportedly built in an area with little to no interest for tourists and business travelers. It’s “miles away” from the business district, and sits across the street from a discount shopping center. The building itself has never opened, and “the tower stands amid a welter of on-ramps, off-ramps, and overpasses,” according to the New Yorker article.
But more intriguing than it’s failed location is the fact that the tower was built with the help of Ziya and Elton Mammadov, who helped put the deal together that allowed construction of the tower in Baku. The Mammadov family has been described as the “Corleones of the Caspian” for their approaches to business dealings.
The Mammadovs have also been tied to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, granting several contracts and positions within the company to former members of the Guard in previous years. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is branch of the Iranian military that is tasked specifically with safeguarding the nation’s Islamist government, headed by the Ayatollah. In February, Reuters reported that the Trump administration is considering designating the Revolutionary Guard as a terror group.
Trump himself played a less influential role in the development of the tower. He was a licensor more than anything else, allowing his “TRUMP” name to adorn the top of the building itself and holding very little stake in the success or failure of the tower itself.
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.