37. Gulmuradov, Ishankuli

Date of Birth: 1963, born in Ashgabat.

Biography: He graduated from the Turkmen Institute of National Economy in 1985.

From 1985 he worked as an economist in the planning department of the Directorate construction enterprises of the Ministry of Trade of the Turkmen SSR. From 1985 to 1987 he served in the Soviet Army. From 1987 he worked as an economist in the division of Turkmenpotrebsoyuz, and was a consultant of the Department of Analysis, Licensing and Control of the Commission for Foreign Economic Relations in the Office of the President of Turkmenistan. From 1994, he was the Head of the Registration Committee of the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange. From 1995, he was the Deputy Chairman and from 1997, Chairman, of the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan. On June 30, 1999 he became Chairman of the Association of Bread Products “Turkmengallaonumleri.” On June 15, 2000 he was appointed Chairman of the State Consortium, “Turkmendokunhimiya.” He was released from duty for shortcomings in his work. From March 30, 2001, he served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture for a probationary period of 6 months. From November 2002 to December 1, 2004, he was the khyakim of Dashoguz Province. He was released from duty on December 1, 2004 for malpractice.

He was awarded the medal “Ghairat” in December 1999.

Arrest and Conviction: On December 1, 2004 Gulmuradov was accused by President Niyazov of embezzling US $2 million, stealing 2.5 thousand tons of cotton, and taking bribes amounting to US $400 thousand. According to RIA News (02.12.2014), he had returned US $470 thousand to the defendants. (RIA “News” 02.12.2004). Later, he was accused of transferring US $1 million in bribes to Redjep Saparov (Turkmenistan.ru, 28.07.2005). Based on unconfirmed information, in 2005 he was released from prison due to poor health condition and died soon.