October 20, Sunday

On 13 September Turkmenistan’s Prosecutor General Batyr Atdayev briefed President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on the results of inspections carried out in various agencies. The state information agency TDH reports that among corrupt officials were those who work in the mosque and coerced bribes from pilgrims, who performed Hajj to Saudi Arabia. More on the topic of bribery among pilgrims is available in the article by “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” “Hajj for a bribe”. Rovshen Allaberdiev, lead specialist of the Office of Mufti, Mukhammetmyrat Gurbangeldiev, lead specialist of HR department of the Office of Mufti and Gurbanberdi Nursakhedov, lead specialist of the religious organizations department under the Cabinet of Minister abused power. In this connection the President charged the Office of the Mufti and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to carry out relevant work with religious leaders and organize a trip for 380 rather than 160 pilgrims to perform Hajj, and organize flights for other Muslims. Then the case of entrepreneur Chary Kulov, who performed the responsibilities of the head of for-profit organizations department, who set up a сriminal network, was presented. He conspired with B. Aydogdyev, head of the stock trading department of the State Commodity Exchange and Yazmyrat Mukhammetmyradov, CEO of Turkmenbashi Complex of Oil Refineries to carry out a large-scale embezzlement of state-owned property. Kulov was also engaged in selling construction materials, owned Ashgabat-based cafes “Suw peri” without the relevant permit by the Ministry of Trade, did not pay taxes and also “intended to illegally export a large amount of cash in foreign currency”. In May 2019 in the name of his brother he bought a three-story shopping centre “Dostluk”, owned by the state enterprise “Altyn zamana” of the State Commodity Exchange on the condition of fully settling payments within three years, changed the internal structure, supporting structures causing great damage to the ...

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