08ASTANA330, CORRUPT POLICE OFFICIAL CONVICTED FOR PROTECTING A

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08ASTANA330 2008-02-15 09:35 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO9236
PP RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHLH RUEHPW
DE RUEHTA #0330 0460935
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 150935Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1782
INFO RUCNCLS/SCA COLLECTIVE
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY 0230

UNCLAS ASTANA 000330 
 
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 CONVICTED FOR PROTECTING A 
PROSTITUTION RING. 
 
REF: 07 ASTANA 3182 
 
1. On February 12, the Almaty regional court sentenced Captain Igor 
Morozov, the former head of the anti-trafficking in persons unit of 
the Ministry of Interior (MVD), and Olga Kodonidi, the infamous 
madam he protected. 
 
2. Captain Igor Morozov was convicted of abuse of professional 
functions and falsification of evidence and was sentenced to 6.5 
years in prison. Olga Kodonidi was found guilty of charges related 
to the operation of brothels and was sentenced to 6 years in prison. 
 
 
3. In March 2007, a local newspaper began an investigation and 
published a series of articles about Captain Morozov, who was on the 
payroll of Kodonidi, one of the most successful madams in Almaty. 
Kodonidi, also known as Mama Roza, had an estimated net worth of 
five million dollars and a monthly income of $60,000.  She employed 
approximately 100 prostitutes between the ages of 18 and 25 from 
Central Asia, Russia, and Azerbaijan.  Captain Morozov was paid 
thousands of dollars a month to protect Mama Roza and her 
enterprises (Reftel). 
 
ORDWAY

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