Shukhrat Gulyamov 1

  On August 10, 2017, when the first reports that the Supreme Military Court (Tribunal) of Uzbekistan had sentenced former first deputy chairman of the country’s Security Service (SNB), Shukhrat Gulyamov, to life imprisonment and asked him to compensate the state for the amount of $1.5 billion, some observers doubted its authenticity. Indeed, General Gulyamov has been known to ignore orders coming even from Uzbekistan’s new president, Shavkhat Mirziyoyev. After being demoted by the newly elected president and sent to work at one of the oblast (provincial) security branches, Gulyamov defiantly stayed at his old position in the capital city and continued to work every day with no repercussions.  This was just another indication of his powers and continuous support from the head of the SNB, Rustam Inoyatov.   Known