Member of Brothers’ Circle Gafur Rakhimov leaves International Boxing Association
The US Treasury Department considers the former head of the sports organization one of the leaders of a transnational organized criminal grouping.
Native of Uzbekistan Gafur Rakhimov temporarily left the post of head of the International Boxing Association, the press service of the organization reported. In the next two days, the Association will elect a new president. The US Treasury accuses Rakhimov of participating in The Brothers' Circle, an international organized criminal group.
“I have already stated this earlier and want to repeat: the accusations against me were fabricated and based on politically motivated lies. I believe that the truth will prevail. Nevertheless, I always said that I would never put myself above boxing, and, as president, I must do everything in my power to serve our sport and our athletes,” Rakhimov said in his statement.
Because of the suspicions of Rakhimov’s involvement in criminal world, he was barred from attending the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, and holding a boxing tournament in 2020 in Tokyo was questionable. The USA imposed sanctions against the participants of the Brothers’ Circle, to which Rakhimov, also known as Cherny, thieves in law Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy), the Lasha and Kakhaber Shushanashvili brothers, Temuri Mirzoyev (Timur Sverdlovsky, Ded Khasan’s nephew), Vasily Khristoforov (Vasya Voskres) and other well-known criminal authorities belong.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.