Kyrgyz officials drinking vodka with "Uzbek mafia boss"
The drunken men are talking about the friendship of the two republics on camera.
Salim Abduvaliev, one of the richest and most influential businessmen of Uzbekistan known as Bai and Salim-aka in the criminal world, got videotaped along with some Kyrgyz officials. Kyrgyz parliament deputy Salaidin Aidarov and businessman Zhalil Atambaev are posing with their arms around Abduvaliev, according to Kaktus.
The men are speaking about the friendship between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and about Salim-aka’s support of the Kyrgyz president Sooronbay Jeenbekov. Judging by their voices and behavior, Abduvaliev, Aidarov and Atambaev must have been under influence. We do not know where and when the video was recorded. There are also photographs where the businessman, the deputy, his counterpart Damirbek Asylbek uulu and the president of the Kyrgyz National Olympic Committee, Sharshenbek Abdikerimov, are posing with Abduvaliev.
The US ambassador referred to Salim Abduvaliev as "the Uzbek mafia boss" in his 2007 diplomatic correspondence. In 2013, Abduvaliev left Uzbekistan for London amid the prosecution of MTS Uzbekistan director Behzod Akhmedov.
According to the magazine called Yurist ("Lawyer"), Abduvaliev has been controlling the export of gas and cotton, a number of aluminum enterprises in Russia, as well as drug trafficking from Afghanistan to Europe since the mid-1990s. Abduvaliev’s friends include many well-known figures: Alexander Karelin, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, entrepreneur brothers Lev and Mikhail Cherny (also born in Tashkent, by the way), and Renat Akchurin. Besides, there have been reports on Abduvaliev’s links to thieves in law Yuldash Ashurov, Bakhtiyar Kudratillaev (Bakhti Tashkentsky), and Gafur Rakhimov (Gafur Cherny), a Brother’s Circle member.
Salim Abduvaliev controls the ferrous and non-ferrous metals market, as well as its key assets: Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Combine.
Salimbay Abduvaliev returned to Uzbekistan after the death of President Islam Karimov in 2016. He became deputy chairman of the National Olympic Committee.
Video: Kyrgyz officials drinking vodka with "Uzbek mafia boss"