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New Documents Suggest Fresh Evidence Of TeliaSonera Ties To Karimova

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Documents leaked to Swedish investigative journalists and reviewed by RFE/RL appear to offer fresh evidence of a link between Swedish telecom giant TeliaSonera and Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the president of Uzbekistan.

The documents, part of a program set to be aired on May 22 on Sweden's SVT public broadcaster, show TeliaSonera being asked to pay hefty bribes in exchange for protection from government agencies and an infusion of new clients.

They also appear to show Karimova personally dictating the terms of the negotiations through a series of scribbles, complaints, and queries handwritten on the documents, which were obtained by SVT's "Uppdrag Granskning" ("Mission: Investigation") program and shared with RFE/RL.

"Mission: Investigation" has already produced a series of damning reports on TeliaSonera, which is under investigation for allegedly paying upward of $300 million in bribes to a Karimova associate to gain access to the Uzbek telecom market in 2007.

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New Documents Suggest Fresh Evidence Of TeliaSonera Ties To Karimova

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