Moscow apartments of Karimova confiscated and will be sold

The Moscow court announced that it recognizes the decision of the Uzbek court regarding Gulnara Karimova. After that, the judicial authorities of the two countries began work on the sale of Karimova’s property and the return of part of money to Uzbekistan, RIA Novosti reported. 

“Karimova’s six apartments, located in Moscow, were confiscated. The received funds according to the decision of the Moscow court, will be in equal shares and used in favor of Uzbekistan and Russia,” Deputy Minister of Justice of Uzbekistan Muzraf Ikramov said.

Russian bailiffs are handling these procedures, the agency said.

Karimova was convicted in August 2015 of extortion and tax evasion, and on December 18, 2017, she was sentenced to ten years in prison. On March 18, 2020, the court increased her prison term to 13 years and four months on a new criminal case.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan previously reported that, together with the Ministry of Justice, work is being carried out with a number of foreign countries, in particular the United States, Switzerland, France, Russia and Latvia, on the return of Karimova’s income in the amount of more than $1.3 billion, which are also being investigated in criminal cases in individual countries. In January 2020, the Prosecutor General’s Office also announced that it intended to return 70 art objects from Switzerland as part of criminal cases against the eldest daughter of the first Uzbek president. Five months later, the republic’s Ministry of Justice reported that the country’s authorities had returned Karimova’s assets worth $10 million from France.

In February of this year, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan announced that Karimova’s $131 million funds were ready to be returned to her homeland from Switzerland through the UN multilateral trust fund being created.

Gulnara Karimova is the eldest daughter of the first President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov. After her father’s death, Karimova was charged with illegal enrichment, abuse of power, and sentenced to prison.

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Sept. 14, 2022