The United States asked European arrest of the assets of Vimpelcom and MTS for $ 1 billion

US authorities have appealed to the five European countries with requests to seize assets of telecommunication companies Vimpelcom, MTS and TeliaSonera $ 1 billion in the case of corruption in Uzbekistan, told the Wall Street Journal, citing the sources and court documents.

In July, Bloomberg reported that the Ministry of Justice has received court approval in New York for the arrest of 300 million dollars in accounts in Ireland, Luxembourg and Belgium in the investigation of corruption cases in the communication market of Uzbekistan with the participation of Vimpelcom and MTS. The money allegedly began to reach international bribery scheme involving two Russian companies and a relative of the president of Uzbekistan, specifies agency.
The United States’ European partners are asked to freeze the assets of about $ 1 billion, “writes the WSJ. According to her, it is about 300 million in the accounts in Ireland, Luxembourg and Belgium, 30 million in Sweden (Swedish authorities request was sent in March), and about $ 640 million in Switzerland, including a villa on the lake.

The publication reports that representatives of the US Department of Justice confirmed the request for $ 300 million in Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg, but declined to comment on the requests to the authorities of Switzerland and Sweden.

“US prosecutors believe that the company is located in Amsterdam Vimpelcom Ltd (owns Russian operator” Beeline “and Ukrainian” Kyivstar “) Russian MTS PJSC (MTS) and the Swedish Telia Sonera sent millions of dollars to the accounts of companies controlled by Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov … to guarantee the availability of radio frequencies and other projects in the country “, - the newspaper said, adding that” in the course of investigations in the US and Europe, any of the companies and none of the individuals were not charged. “

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