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Rustam Inoyatov

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Years of service  1995—present
Parents  Rasul Inoyatov

Name  Rustam Inoyatov
Rank  Colonel general
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Born  June 22, 1944 (age 71) (1944-06-22)
Allegiance  Soviet Union  Uzbekistan
Similar People  Gulnara Karimova, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Lola Karimova‑Tillyaeva, Gafur Rakhimov

Service/branch  National Security Service
Commands held  National Security Service


Rustam Rasulovich Inoyatov (Russian: Рустам Расулович Иноятов, born 22 June 1944) is an Uzbek government official, as well as a colonel general, acting as the head of the National Security Service of Uzbekistan (SNB) since 1995. He was said to have been part of the Tashkent clan, a powerful faction within the Uzbek elite. Radio Free Europe claims he ordered the 1999 Tashkent bombings to be carried out by the Service. He is said to be one of the most powerful men in the country.


Rustam Inoyatov

Early life

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Inoyatov was born June 22, 1944, to Rasul Inoyatov, a colonel in the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic's KGB, being part of an influential family. He graduated from the School of Eastern Studies in 1968. Inoyatov learned English and Persian, becoming one of the heads of the Tashkent clan.

Rise to power

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In 1995, the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, gave him the position of chief of the SNB as a counter weight to his rival's power, Zokir Almatov, the Minister of Internal Affairs. Under Inoyatov's leadership, the SNB rose to power over the rival MVD of Almatov. By 1999, they had more power and funding than the MVD. Radio Free Europe suggests that the 1999 bombings in Tashkent were carried out by the SNB under Inyatov's orders.

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Both Inoyatov and his rival thought of committing a coup d'état against Karimov around 2004 and 2005. In the beginning of 2005, Inoyatov was given control of the customs service and the border guard. He was one of the eight Uzbek officials blacklisted by the European Union.

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He is very shy of publicity, and there is only one known photograph of him in the last ten years when he visited China in 2014. He is widely thought to be the kingmaker when Islam Karimov died.


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