Biography: Date of birth unknown. Former Minister of State, Chairman of the Corporation “Turkmenneft” (Turkmenistan.ru, 23.06.2005).
Arrest and Conviction: On September 13, 2005, Niyazov stated that he was sentenced to 25 years for bribery and abuse in trade. He was charged, specifically, with the theft of US $10 million dollars (“Novaya Gazeta,” 21.09.2005). On August 12, 2005, he was dismissed from his duties as Minister of State and Chairman of the Corporation “Turkmenneft.”