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Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

Uzbekistan’s business elite may soon be able to take a breather. The subjects of recently reported wide-scale corruption probes could have a shadowy savior.  

Uzbekistan-based online news website Uzmetronom.uz has cited unnamed sources as saying that Tashkent city prosecutor Bakhriddin Valiyev was fired on May 19, although his dismissal cannot be confirmed.

As the site explains, the impetus for many of the “unwarranted arrests” of businessmen appeared to be coming from the Tashkent prosecutor’s office, and with Valiyev out of the way, things may be taking an upward turn for Uzbekistan’s hard-working plutocrats.

What is this witch-hunt for the Uzbek business community’s finest all about anyway?

The standard theory seems to be that the campaign has its roots in a President Islam Karimov speech late last year, when he demanded that there should “be no oligarchs in our country.”

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Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

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