Entrepreneur from Tashkent Salim Abduvaliev, known as “Salimbay” or “Salim Boyvachcha,” was detained as a suspect in illegal possession of weapons, the Main Department of Internal Affairs of the capital reported on December 5.
The 73-year-old businessman was detained procedurally as he is suspected of illegal possession of weapons. The Main Department of Internal Affairs did not provide other details of the case or the preventive measure chosen for Abduvaliev.
Salim Abduvaliev is one of the most famous patrons and philanthropists in the post-Soviet countries. He allegedly has ties to the criminal world, for example, several years ago the U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan in his diplomatic correspondence called him “the boss of the Uzbek mafia.”
Law enforcement officers detained several more people on suspicion of criminal activity during raids in Tashkent. Among the detainees is Buzruk Buzrukov, born in 1985, who is suspected of committing a hooliganism in a group.
Employees of the Tashkent Main Department of Internal Affairs detained six more people on suspicion of criminal activity.
Internal affairs bodies of Samarkand region detained 47 members of criminal groups, from whom drugs and bladed weapons were seized, Podrobno.uz reports.
Criminal cases were initiated against 6 of the detainees, 25 were administratively arrested.
Law enforcement officers of Khorezm region arrested 12 citizens involved in committing various crimes. A total of 4.8 kilograms of drugs, 97 units of psychotropic substances, pneumatic and cold weapons were seized during searches in their homes, Podrobno.uz reports with reference to the Department of Internal Affairs of Khorezm region.
Uzbekistan continues large-scale raids to improve the situation with crime in the country.