Billionaire Alisher Usmanov is not associated with the new leadership of Uzbekistan, and of publications on this subject are rumors, writes Forbes with reference to the press service of the businessman.
“As previously stated, Alisher B. Usmanov is not involved in the political life of Uzbekistan,” — said in a press release. It also notes that the reports “are of a volatile nature,” and that Usmanov has “many friends and relatives in Uzbekistan”.
If the leadership of Uzbekistan will seek any help, Usmanov, “will be glad to be of service”. The businessman said that it wished “success and prosperity to their homeland”, says the press release.
Earlier, Reuters, citing two diplomatic sources and Uzbek businessman wrote that the 59-year-old Shavkat Mirziyoev, appointed after the death of Islam Karimov, acting President of the country, become a “leader of Uzbekistan and will be called by the President, but in reality will not be able to make independent decisions.” The reason for the interlocutors of the Agency, was that “rival clans” in the state, representatives of which met on 28 September, failed to reach consensus on who will head the government, so Mirziyoev “will be forced to share power with two high-ranking officials”.
It is, according to interlocutors of Agency, the 72-year-old head of the national security Service of Uzbekistan Rustam Inoyatov, as well as 58-year-old Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov, who holds the position of head of Finance.
In addition, sources told Reuters that the new leadership of Uzbekistan will have an impact and billionaire Alisher Usmanov, whose plane, as told Uzbek entrepreneur, “often at the airport of Tashkent.” The Agency also relied on data Flightradar, according to which the Airbus Usmanov left the Uzbek capital on September 28 — the day when, according to sources, held a meeting of the clans of Uzbekistan.
In addition, the Reuters source close to Usmanov, reported that the billionaire “has close ties with the ruling circles of Uzbekistan”.