Photo Gallery: A Stalinist Utopia on the Caspian Sea
11/14/2012
An oil field near Baku. In 1941, Azerbaijan, then part of the Soviet Union, was...
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An oil field near Baku. In 1941, Azerbaijan, then part of the Soviet Union, was already supplying 175 million barrels of crude oil a year -- 75 percent of the country's entire oil production. That's why German forces fought so hard to try to seize the city and the surrounding Absheron Peninsula, a feat they failed to achieve.