07ASTANA3182, CORRUPT POLICE OFFICIAL CHARGED WITH PROTECTING A

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07ASTANA3182 2007-11-23 13:39 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO3938
PP RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHDBU RUEHLH RUEHPW
DE RUEHTA #3182/01 3271339
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 231339Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1245
INFO RUCNCLS/SCA COLLECTIVE
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY 0014

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 003182 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INL/AAE (BUHLER), G/TIP, SCA/CEN (O'MARA) 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR SOCI KCRM KZ
SUBJECT: CORRUPT POLICE OFFICIAL CHARGED WITH PROTECTING A 
PROSTITUTION RING. 
 
 
ASTANA 00003182  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
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SUMMARY 
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1. A senior police official has been charged with abuse of his 
professional functions and falsifying evidence in connection with 
his facilitating the illegal business activities of an Almaty madam. 
 In March, the local newspaper Vremya began publishing a series of 
articles about the official and the madam. (Note: The following 
information comes exclusively from media reports and does not 
contain information received from the police or courts. End Note.) 
 
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MAMA ROZA AND CAPTAIN MOROZOV 
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2. Olga Kodonidi, known as Mama Roza, is a 45 year-old woman who 
started working in the commercial sex trade in 1997.  In the 
beginning, she had only a few girls in her brothel.  Over time she 
hired approximately 100 girls from the ages of 18 to 25 from 
Uzbekistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Azerbaijan.  Her net 
income has been estimated at sixty thousand dollars per month and 
her assets are estimated at five million dollars. 
 
3. For his participation in Mama Roza's illegal business activities, 
Captain Igor Morozov, the former head of the anti-trafficking in 
persons unit of the Ministry of Interior (MVD), has been charged 
with abuse of his professional functions and falsifying evidence. He 
faces up to eight years in prison on the first charge and three to 
seven on the second one. Morozov was allegedly paid thousands of 
dollars to look after Madam Roza's prostitutes and brothels. 
 
4. In one incident in September 2006, Mama Roza asked Morozov to 
help her resolve a disagreement with the owner of the Alladdin 
sauna, who refused to allow Mama Roza's prostitutes to work in the 
sauna.  Mama Roza asked Morozov to arrest the owner, surname 
Zhuravleva, on a false pimping charge.  Morozov sent police to the 
sauna to "catch" Morozov's driver, playing the part of a client, 
with two of her prostitutes.  A criminal case was opened and 
Zhuravleva received a prison sentence in January.  A court recently 
overturned the sentence and freed Zhuravleva. 
 
5.  A criminal case against Morozov reached the courts only because 
the investigation of his activities was well planned and personally 
directed by the Minister of Interior.  The Minister dispatched a 
team from the Ministry's Department of Personal Security to Almaty 
to conduct the investigation.  Several senior police officers have 
been fired for their connections with criminal enterprises.  More 
than ten officers are under investigation for their connections to 
various criminal groups. 
 
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MVD TAKING ACTION 
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6. The MVD has taken a firm position in this matter.  The Minister 
of Interior stated that police officers who work for criminals or 
are corrupt will receive the most severe punishment.  At the same 
time, the police are taking active measures against pimps, brothel 
operators, and prostitutes.  Recently, they have arrested eighteen 
pimps, sixteen of whom are before the courts.  Nine brothels and 
four hotels have been closed and 476 foreign prostitutes have been 
expelled from the country. 
 
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PROSTITUTION IN KAZAKHSTAN 
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7. The press has also recently reported that: 
 
- More than 20 police officers from the rank of Major to Colonel are 
allegedly on pimps' payrolls and some live with the pimps; 
 
- Every year more than five thousand prostitutes depart from the 
Almaty International Airport to work as prostitutes abroad.  Few of 
them return and their whereabouts are unknown; 
 
- On the black market, a Kyrgyz passport costs USD 450-1000 and an 
Uzbek passport USD 800-2000. A Kazakhstani passport is the most 
expensive and costs USD 3000-10,000.  It costs USD 50-300 to cross 
the Kazakhstani border illegally; 
 
- Successful pimps pay police as much as USD 10,000, small-scale 
pimps pay USD 2000-6000. Each prostitute pays police USD 30-100. 
 
- In 1999, police arrested and registered 17,000 prostitutes.  This 
year, police arrested and registered 85,000. 
 
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ASTANA 00003182  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
COMMENT 
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8.  It is a welcome sign that the media in Kazakhstan is writing 
about corruption in the police force.  It is also encouraging that 
senior police officials appear to be expressing intolerance toward 
corruption and taking measures against it.  End comment. 
 
ORDWAY

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