On 2 October, Rferl carried a feature about how deputy customs chief Raimbek Matraimov is said to have enabled — and profited from — a smuggling empire run by a secretive Uyghur family.  It says that while Matraimov is no longer in the customs service, over the years, he and his brothers, who still hold important public functions, have amassed vast riches — and converted them into influence.

I had left off this link (as it did not seem to generate much interest!), but it seemed time to add it again and say that, if you would like to make a (polite) gesture and help me with my removal and computer costs, I have a page at

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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