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U.S. Concerned over Corruption and Human Rights in Uzbekistan

Posted by Info on 13/12/2010

Wikileaks: The cables published by Britain'sGuardian newspaper on Monday describe Uzbekistan as a country where there are “close connections between organized crime and the government,” and where public and private sector jobs are routinely “bought.”

President Islam Karimov threatened to suspend the transit of cargo for NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented an award to an Uzbek human rights activist.

The cables also say that Mr. Karimovs daughter, Gulnara, has become “the single most hated person in the country saying she has pressured local businesses to give her shares in their companies.

In 2010 Uzbek authorities arrested 52 people of the Karavan Bazaar, including Nodir Rakhmatov, the Chairman of OJSC Karavan Bazar, his deputies Ravshan Rakhimov, Adil Karimov, the market associates and businessmen. Other 19 people, including high ranking officials, were also officially wanted. Owner Dmitry Lim was freed on bail.

The motive behind the arrests was the plan of Lola Tillaeva, the owner of Abu-Sahiy consumer goods market and the youngest daughter of President Islam Karimov, to take over Karavan Bazar market.

She also owns over 200 parking areas in Tashkent, over 20 big consumer goods markets . 90 percent of supplies to these markets are provided by the group, controlled by Timur Tillaev, the husband of Lola Karimova. The industrial goods and food items are imported to the republic without payment of customs fees through Tashkent-Cargo Company.

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