The Charges

by Nathan Hamm on 12/20/2005 · 1 comment

The charges against Nodira Khidoyatova* have been announced.

The Prosecutor-General’s Office said today Nodira Khidoyatova was arrested yesterday on charges of embezzlement, concealment of foreign currency, tax evasion, and money laundering.

A spokeswoman for the Uzbek Prosecutor-General, Svetlana Ortiqova, told RFE/RL today that the charges are economic and not political.

“All these crimes [with which Khidoyatova is charged] are economic,” spokeswoman Ortiqova said. “There should be no political interpretation of them. Khidoyatova has committed crimes of an economic nature and she is charged with those crimes accordingly.”

One quickly notices that Sanjar Umarov was nailed with a couple of those charges as well. One may further notice that concealment of foreign currency and tax evasion (of a sort) are as common as tea and plov in Uzbekistan. I don’t know who the Prosecutor-General thinks it is fooling, but as is often the case, they seem to believe what they are saying.

*The name is spelled Hidoyatova in Uzbek and not Xidoyatova, right? The way it’s being transliterated (most likely from Russian) is confusing me.

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Matt W December 20, 2005 at 11:59 pm

Correct, there is a little tail on the “X”, which means Hidoyatova.

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