Hands off Gafur Cherny! Russian Boxing Federation stands up for crime lord
The IOC threatens to exclude boxing from the Olympics if a member of the Brothers’ Circle becomes the president of this association.
General Secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation Umar Kremlev urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to intervene in the election of the new leadership of the International Boxing Association (amateur) (AIBA).
Earlier, after the meeting of the IOC Executive Committee in Argentina, he expressed concern about the situation with the AIBA leadership and the upcoming elections. He even threatened to exclude this sport from the Olympic program if “management issues do not satisfy the IOC.”
At the moment, Acting President of the AIBA is Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov. He is also the most likely contender to head the organization following the elections to be held on November 3 in Moscow.
The IOC strongly opposes such an outcome. The fact is that back in 2012, the US Treasury included Gafur Rakhimov, who is known in the criminal underworld of post-soviet countries as Gafur Cherny, in the list of members of the criminal organization The Brothers’ Circle. Rakhimov ended up alongside such representatives of the thieves' world as Zakhar Kalashov, Vasily Khristoforov, Kamchibek Kolbaev, Lasha and Kakhaber Shushanashvili, and many others. In particular, for this reason, Rakhimov was forbidden to attend the Youth Olympic Games, which began in Buenos Aires on October 6. He denies all the charges against him.
A letter to Rakhimov from Head of the IOC Ethics Committee Pâquerette Girard Zappelli has appeared in media; in the letter, she says that in the interest of boxing, only “absolutely clean” applicants can stand as candidates. The IOC stressed that “the very existence of boxing in the Olympic program and even the recognition of the AIBA are under threat” if “the questions posed are not properly resolved at the upcoming AIBA congress.”
In turn, Kremlev noted that the AIBA members are free to elect the organization president, while the IOC is trying to exert pressure on it and its members and affect the results of independent elections.
According to him, Rakhimov saved the AIBA from bankruptcy and showed his readiness to develop the organization. Especially since, according to the head of Russian Boxing Federation, it is supported by 90% of national federations, including the Boxing Federation of the United States, as well as the vast majority of the executive committee members.
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As previously reported by The CrimeRussia, according to current data, Rakhimov, a native of Uzbekistan, was once considered one of the most influential oligarchs in the country, making a fortune on organizing drug trafficking. In 2010, he left Uzbekistan. According to one of the versions, it was due to a quarrel with the president’s daughter, Gulnara Karimova. For the past eight years, he has mainly lived in Dubai, although, according to some sources, the businessman also has a Russian passport.
After the US included Rakhimov in the sanctions’ list, he was put on the wanted list in Uzbekistan in 2013 owing to charges of extortion, use of false documents, and money laundering. However, in July of the same year, it was reported that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan stopped searching for him, which allowed Rakhimov to return home. Fergana news agency suggested that this was due to the change of power in the republic – the new president Shavkat Mirzieev was interested in his investments in Uzbekistan.
In the AIBA, Rakhimov replaced ex-President Ching-Kuo Wu, who had held this position for 11 years and was suspended a year ago. The functionary was suspected of numerous financial irregularities. It was reported that with his actions, he almost brought the organization to bankruptcy.
If elected, Rakhimov promised to conduct large-scale reforms.