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Viewing cable 06TASHKENT465, S) VIDEO SHOWS MAFIA TIES TO GOU

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06TASHKENT465 2006-03-09 10:10 2011-01-13 01:01 SECRET Embassy Tashkent
VZCZCXRO3232
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHNT #0465 0681021
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 091021Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY TASHKENT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5309
INFO RUEHTA/AMEMBASSY ALMATY PRIORITY 7688
RUEHAH/AMEMBASSY ASHGABAT PRIORITY 1794
RUEHEK/AMEMBASSY BISHKEK PRIORITY 2318
RUEHDBU/AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE PRIORITY 2211
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 3430
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL PRIORITY 1324
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 6571
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 0465
S E C R E T TASHKENT 000465 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS DEPT FOR SCA/CEN, INR 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/09/2016 
TAGS: KCRM PGOV PINR PREL UZ
SUBJECT: (S) VIDEO SHOWS MAFIA TIES TO GOU 

REF: A) 05 TASHKENT 2378 B) 98 TASHKENT 1097 C) 05 TASHKENT 3415 

Classified By: AMB. JON R. PURNELL FOR REASONS 1.4 (B, D) 

1. (S) Summary: Video footage obtained by Post suggests close ties between families of senior GOU officials and organized crime. The footage shows the wives of four top GOU Ministers and two Deputy Prime Ministers, with the family of Tashkent crime boss Salim Abduvaliyev and the wife of a foreign-based Uzbek business tycoon. End summary. 

2. (S) Post has obtained video footage of two events hosted by the family of Tashkent mafia chieftain Salim Abduvaliyev. (Note: Salim and his rival, Gafur Rakhimov, are Uzbekistan's top mobsters - refs A and B. End note.) XXXXXXXXXXXX Salim's wife and the wives of the GOU Ministers form a tight circle of friends. XXXXXXXXXXXX

ENGAGEMENT PARTY FOR SALIM,S SON ATTRACTS GOU ELITE --------------------------------------------- ------ 

3. (S) The engagement party for Salim,s son, Sardor, was held in July 2005 at Salim,s mansion in Gazelkent near Tashkent. Following tradition, only women attended the engagement party. The close-knit group of around twenty guests included the wives of Interior Minister Matlybov, Justice Minister Mustafayev, Finance Minister Azimov, and Foreign Minister Ganiev, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Kasimov's sister. Salim,s daughters also attended, along with the wives of leading businessmen Muhiddin Jamol, "UzbekSavdo" chairman Zafar Faiyziev, and "UzbekComuneHizmet" General Director Halmukhamedov. 

4. (S) According to our contact, Salim did not attend the party, but provided each guest with a necklace worth $1,000. Jamol, a close friend of Salim's whose Alp Jamol conglomerate includes banks, supermarkets and shopping centers (ref C), was tasked with keeping the guests happy. The video shows Jamol handing out $100 bills to the guests as they dance. (Note: It is common in Uzbek culture for money to be given to women as they dance, and also to musicians. End note.) Video footage of the party also shows Salim,s fleet of black Mercedes-Benz cars.

5. (S) Our contact told Poloff that Salim's Gazelkent home was decorated by a Versace representative flown in for the job. Photos of Salim,s house reportedly appeared last year in the Russian magazine "Vysshee Obshchestvo" ("High Society"). (Note: Photos of Sardor's eventual wedding were published on a Russian website, www.elite.ru. End note.) According to our contact, Salim has now built another "palace," which will be his preferred dacha, while the Gazelkent estate will reportedly be used by his wife, lovers, and daughters.

SALIM,S WIFE SHAHLO,S BIRTHDAY 
------------------------------ 

6. (S) The birthday party for Salim,s wife, Shahlo, took place at a Tashkent restaurant in summer 2005. In addition to Salim,s daughter and son, guests at the birthday included former Foreign Minister Mahmudova and the wives of Foreign Minister Ganiev and Deputy Prime Minister Sultanov. The wives of "UzbekComuneHizmet" General Director Halmukhamedov and foreign-based oligarch Fatokh Shodiyev also attended, along with famous singer Yulduz Usmanova. According to the contact, most guests gave Shahlo $3,000 in cash, while Shodiyev's wife gave $10,000. (Note: Shodiyev reportedly left Uzbekistan in 1994 after making a fortune in the cotton business, and is now living in Kazakhstan and Belgium. He holds a senior position in the Eurasian Industrial Association and is rumored to be an adviser to President Nazarbayev. End note.) PURNELL