Rustam Inoyatov: SNB vs MVD
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runs the country, and Rustam Inoyatov
runs the SNB
Rustam Inoyatov, Chairman of the National Security Service (SNB), is regarded as one of the most powerful men in Uzbekistan.
He was born on 22 June 1944 and graduated from the Tashkent Faculty of Oriental Studies, learning Farsi and English.
is also one of the heads of the influential Tashkent "clan," which is allied with the Ferghana clan.
These two clans are based in Tashkent, Ferghana, Andijan
and Namangan through their alliance.
ccording to some reports, the February 1999 Tashkent bombings were masterminded by the SNB
under the leadership of Inoyatov
against the MVD
most likely knew about this plan and let it happened anyway.
According to a report published by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
, the rumour of Karimov's resignation due to health problems prompted Inoyatov
and Almatov to try to seize power, and "both leaders considered coup d'états in 2004, early 2005, and in mid-2005.
These "coup d'états" were more like confrontations between Inoyatov
and Almatov that could eventually lead to the removal of Karimov
armed forces were smaller than Almatov's, but he
did have a number of elite spetsnaz units, such as the Special-Purpose Unit Alpha
, Special Recon Platoon Scorpion, and Special Unit Cobra (similar to the US Delta Force).
At the beginning of 2005, Inoyatov
was given control over the Customs Service and the 10,000 strong border security services as well as the river fleet, nearly doubling the number of troops under his
This rapid shift in the security structures reflected the internal fight between Almatov and Inoyatov
A shakeup of the MVD
and SNB security and counter-terrorism agencies considerably increased the power and resources of the SNB-a happy ending for Inoyatov
, it seems.
did not stop there.
With the only person holding him back gone, he
now had the freedom take over the whole government.
Wikileaks cable revealed that the SNB
"wields significant influence in the Presidential Apparat, with the National Security Council
composed of professional [SNB] officers… [that] Inoyatov
has personally endorsed… Two [SNB] officers also control the Senate and Legislative Chamber, providing instructions that guide their actions."
With Almatov gone, Inoyatov
began making indirect moves against Karimov
has "kompromat"… on Norov obtained from Norov's days as an ambassador in Europe, where he
was allegedly involved in unspecified "shady dealings.
After Norov, Abdualaziz Komilov was appointed Foreign Minister, who was the "head of the Uzbek KGB" until Karimov replaced him with Inoyatov in 1995.
, who was supposed to be Karimov's man against Almatov turned the tables, and like Putin did in Russia, put the whole country under his
Karimov is cut off from information that Inoyatov doesn't want him to know.
Every new wave of anti-government resentment that briefly erupts in Uzbekistan is used by Inoyatov
Posted by admin at 15:08Tagged with: Dilyor Jumabayev, Gulnara Karimova, Kadyr Gulyamov, Kobiljon Obidov, Mamadali Makhmudov, Mukhammad Salikh, Rustam Azimov, Rustam Inoyatov, Salim Abduvaliev, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Zokir Almatov