Brothers' Circle member Gafur Rakhimov calls U.S. Department of Treasury sanctions speculation. He intends to take over leadership of AIBA

Brothers' Circle member Gafur Rakhimov calls U.S. Department of Treasury sanctions speculation. He intends to take over leadership of AIBA
Gafur Rakhimov

Previously, the International Olympic Committee threatened to remove boxing from the Olympic programme at the Games in 2020 in case the Interim President is going to be a candidate in the elections.

The Interim President of AIBA International Boxing Association Gafur Rakhimov said that the sanctions imposed by the U.S. Department of Treasury are nothing more than speculation and is going to run for office in the November’s elections. Previously, chief ethics and compliance officer of the International Olympic Committee Päquerette Girard Zappelli issued an ultimatum to Rakhimov not to be a candidate in the polls. She threatened to remove boxing from the Olympic programme at the Games in 2020.

In an open letter, Rakhimov stated that no one tells the representatives of the Committee who to vote or not to vote for. “Let us not allow speculations bother and define our democratic process!” Gafur Rakhimov wrote.

It was in 2012 when the U.S. Department of Treasury put Gafur Rakhimov (aka Gafur Cherny) on the list of members of the criminal organization that includes citizens of the former republics of the Soviet Union known as Brothers' Circle. Rakhimov was one of the code-bound thieves - like Zakhar Kalashov, Vasily Khristoforov, Kamchibek Kolbaev, Lasha and Kakhaber Shushanashvili.

People who are not code-bound thieves but - just like Rakhimov -provide them with all kinds of assistance and cooperate actively with them were also recognized as criminals by American authorities.

According to recent data published by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Rakhimov has 5 Uzbekistan passports, one Russian passport, and the United Arab Emirates’ National ID. The latter is obtained by both the UAE citizens and permanent residents in its territory. In Dubai, he resides in a cottage settlement of an elite class. The average price of a home there is 5 million dirhams of the UAE ($119 million). He also owns an apartment in Moscow - in a block of flats of an elite class on Leninsky Prospect.

According to United States data, Rakhimov helped the code-bound thieves to solve issues with law enforcement, organized meetings and dealt with other problems. And most importantly - he was called on of the most prominent criminals in Uzbekistan coping with heroin trade.

In December 2017, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of Treasury put Gafurov on the sanctions list in the effort to prevent criminal activity of the Eurasian transnational criminal network.

Russian law enforcement officers have known Rakhimov since the 1990s as the leader of the transregional criminal group. He kept in touch with now deceased code-bound thieves Yaponchik and Ded Hasan. Overseas, Gafur Cherny was first learned as an Uzbekistan drug lord in 1998.

It should be noted that after CrimeRussia published the article on the Interim President of International Boxing Association entitled “IBA against Gafur Cherny. How Brothers' Circle member not allowed to turn Olympic boxing into mafia”, we were contacted by representatives of Rakhimov. They expressed general dissatisfaction with the article stating that it is blackening the name of the businessman. However, when the representatives of Rakhimov were offered to voice their version, they preferred to keep quiet. 

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