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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Andy Spalding answers the call of nature

I have never found a culture that truly endorses straight-up bribery. There may be no culture which actually teaches that a suitcase full of cash privately given to an official in exchange for a benefit to which the payor is not legally entitled is a good thing, one that we should not deter even if we could. 

The debates about culture and corruption concern the margins of bribery — gift-giving, nepotism, etc.… Continue Reading

DOJ moves to seize $1 billion linked to Uzbek telecoms scandal

The U.S. Justice Department took another big step in its investigation of bribes allegedly paid by Russian and Swedish companies to the eldest daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov in exchange for access to the country’s telecoms market.​

The DOJ asked authorities in several European countries last week to freeze about $1 billion in assets tied to Gulnara Karimova and alleged bribes from VimpelCom and MTS of Russia and TeliaSonera of Sweden, the Wall Street Journal said.Continue Reading

Uzbek prosecutor confirms Karimova house arrest

Photo released earlier this month by Uzbek authorities allegedly showed Gulnara Karimova resisting government agents during her house arrest.Law enforcement officials in Uzbekistan confirmed Tuesday that Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of President Islam Karimov, is under house arrest and being investigated for alleged corruption.… Continue Reading

Glamorous first daughter named in Uzbek organized crime probe

Gulnara Karimova (Courtesy of Fashion TV via YouTube)The Uzbek prosecutor-general’s office has said a person named “Karimova G.” is a suspect in a case against an organized criminal group.

“Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency cited an unnamed source in the Uzbek government that mentioned Karimova G.… Continue Reading

Two arrested in ongoing Rolls Royce bribery probe

Two people were arrested in London on Wednesday as part of the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into aerospace and defense company Rolls Royce’s dealings in Asia.

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said in an emailed statement that search warrants were executed at various properties in London and two men were arrested, Reuters reported.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: TeliaSonera

Country: Sweden

Companies: TeliaSonera

Individuals : Per-Arne Blomquist, former head of TeliaSonera Eurasia region, Tero Kivasaari, former TeliaSonera CEO Lars Nyberg, daughter of Uzbek president Islam Karimov, Gulnara Islomovna Karimova

Industry: Technology

Subsector: Telecommunications Equipment

Enforcement: Investigation

TeliaSonera is under investigation for allegedly paying more than $300 million in bribes to Gayane Avakyana, a middleman for Gulnara Islomovna Karimova to win access to the Uzbek telecom market in 2007.Continue Reading

New allegations of TeliaSonera link to Uzbek first daughter

Gulnara Islomovna Karimova, 40, is the eldest daughter of the president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)Documents leaked to Swedish investigative journalists appear to offer fresh evidence of a link between Swedish telecom giant TeliaSonera and Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the president of Uzbekistan.… Continue Reading