Uzbekistan

20Feb 2018

Rustam Inoyatov was sacked on 31 January 2018. In September 2017, 23 international human rights organizations asked US Government to impose financial sanctions and visa restrictions on Inoyatov. Couple of weeks later, OSI started a series of investigative articles, documenting Rustam Inoyatov’s chekist biography, his rise to complete power, the history of human rights violations… Continue reading

29Dec 2017

Rustam Inoyatov has substantial business interests in Russia. Sharif Inoyatov, the son of the SNB chairman, is the sole shareholder of Uzgardens, a Moscow-based wholesale company. Uzgardens is the largest supplier of Uzbek dried fruits and vegetables to Russia. Inoyatov’s company is the exclusive importer and distributor of Gold Dried Food Export products in Russia…. Continue reading

18Dec 2017

Rustam Inoyatov’s has used his position as chairman of Uzbekistan’s national intelligence agency to build a real estate and business empire with properties and companies around the world. Rustam Inoyatov’s family owned a luxury villa in Vienna. The property was bought by Benif Handels a Vienna-based company founded by Sharif Inoyatov and Bakhtiyor Irgashev. After… Continue reading

04Dec 2017

The Uzbek version of the KGB, the National Security Service (SNB), was modeled after the secret police of the Soviet Union. When Rustam Inoyatov, himself a former KGB agent, was appointed head of the SNB in 1995, the special service was already a fearsome institution. But it was Inoyatov who transformed the SNB into the… Continue reading

18Nov 2017

On 16 February 1999, six car bombs exploded outside Uzbekistan Government headquarters in Tashkent, killing 16 people and injuring more than 120. Shortly after the attack, president Islam Karimov visited the site of the explosions. He was flanked by two men in uniform: Rustam Inoyatov, the head of the National Security Service, and Zokir Almatov,… Continue reading

30Oct 2017

On 12 September 2017, 23 international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and Transparency International, asked US Government to impose financial sanctions and visa restrictions on Rustam Inoyatov, the head of Uzbekistan’s National Security Service. NGOs accused Inoyatov of being directly responsible for arbitrary detention, torture and other serious abuses. In… Continue reading