Thursday, October 04, 2007

Notes on Alisher Usmanov

Craig Murray has recently posted a controversial piece on the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov who has his sights set on Arsenal FC.

Worth a read - though you may have to be quick as Mr Usmanov's lawyers have, allegedly, written to several web hosting companies demanding that the item (written by the U K's former ambassador to Uzbekistan) be removed.

On the subject of Uzbekistan, Transparency International's 2006 Corruptions Perception Index places the former Soviet Republic at 151 (of 163) for institutional corruption in the world, alongside such luminaries of sound governance as Myanmar and Haiti. Finland, Iceland and New Zealand are listed as the top three least corrupt countries in the world.

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