Funds from Karimova’s assets will be divided between Uzbekistan and Russia

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The proceeds from the sale of six apartments confiscated by court order of Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the first president of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, in Moscow, the capital of Russia, will be divided equally between Uzbekistan and Russia.  Today 13 September, this was announced by Deputy Minister of Justice Muzrof Ikramov.

In February, the Ministry of Justice of Uzbekistan reported that the Moscow court recognized Karimova’s sentence in her homeland, and the case with the Russian side about the sale of confiscated property in the country and the return of the proceeds to the republic was initiated. 

(Karimova’s - ed.) Six apartments located in Moscow, according to the decision of the Moscow court, were confiscated and the received funds will be divided in equal shares and will be spent in favor of Uzbekistan and Russia”, - Ikromov says.

According to him, "These trials are being conducted by Russian bailiffs."

Earlier we reported that Gulnara Karimova and her criminal associates have real estate in Switzerland, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Latvia and Russia.

We remind you that on 16 August of the current year, the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Swiss Confederation signed an agreement “On ways of returning illegally acquired property confiscated in the territory of the Swiss Confederation, in the interests of the population of the Republic of Uzbekistan”. 

This agreement defines the return of illegally acquired assets in the amount of about USD 131 million to Uzbekistan along with the basic principles, mechanisms and objectives of return.

In particular, the refund will be carried out through a multi-partner UN trust fund called “Uzbekistan Vision 2030 Fund.”

According to the latest information, Gulnara Karimova is being held in correctional colony 21, located in the Zangiata district of Tashkent province.  She was brought to the colony on the 14th March 2019, and placed in the 2nd sector of the 7th Squad (General Regime).

On 18 March 2020, the Tashkent City Court for Criminal Cases concluded the criminal proceedings against Gulnara Karimova and members of the criminal association organized by her in criminal cases, and a verdict was pronounced.

At a closed hearing, statements by defendants, witnesses and victims were heard, the evidence examined and the arguments of defendants' lawyers discussed.

The court thoroughly and comprehensively examined the materials of the criminal case and found the defendant Gulnara Karimova guilty of organizing a criminal association, extortion, embezzlement and plundering, the legalization of proceeds of crime and other offenses.

Gulnara Karimova was sentenced to 13 years and 4 months of imprisonment.  In accordance with the provisions of the criminal law, and taking into account the fact that the punishment was imposed for several crimes and the totality of penalties, it was decided to calculate the term of punishment from 21 August 2015.

It should be recalled that Gulnara Karimova, on 8 July of the current year celebrated her 50th birthday.  Her son Islam Karimov lives in London.  He is married and has one child.  Her daughter Iman Karimova continues to study in London and occasionally comes to Uzbekistan. Iman Karimova restored the interrupted relations with her grandmother Tatyana Akbarovna Karimova and the daughter of her aunt Maryam Tillyaeva.

Lola Karimova-Tillayeva, the youngest daughter of the Karimov family, left Uzbekistan after the death of Islam Karimov.  She runs the Republican Public Foundation named after Islam Karimov from the USA.  She also founded the brand of designer goods “Harmonist” Tatyana Karimova, the spouse of the first president, lives alone in Tashkent.  On 26 August, she will be 74 years old.

Sunnatilla Abdullayev Shaxzod Nusratulloyev
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