WikiLeaks: Is Avaza the Black Hole Through Which Millions are Disappearing in Turkmenistan?
Le Monde has obtained WikiLeaks cables that reveal how the French construction company Bouygues has expanded its business in Turkmenistan, and Bouygues has responded in a statement by claiming that the allegations in the cables are "defamatory," EurasiaNet.org reported. Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer, a former French diplomat, in a book published this year, described how Bouygues built about 50 buildings for the Turkmen government between 1994 and 2010, worth about two billion euros.
Now that the full text of the alleged cable has been published on the WikiLeaks site, we can see more of what is behind specific claims of corruption in Turkmenistan, including the report that bribes by foreign contractors have risen 10-15 percent.
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