Meredov, Payzygeldy

Biography: Born in 1943 in the village of Krasnoe Znamya in Iolotan district of Mary Province. In 1964 graduated from Turkmen Polytechnic Institute. From 1965 to 1972 – main engineer, head of trust, “Marystroy,” chairman of Mary regional collective construction. From 1985 – chairman of the Mary city council. From 1986-1990 – director of Bayram-Aliy food oil combine. From 1991 – deputy chairman of the State Agricultural-industrial Committee of the Turkmen SSR. From August 1991 – general director of the Republican industrial concern, “Turkmenagroprompererabotka.” From January 1990 to May 1992 – deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Turkmen SSR, from May 18, 1992 to January 1, 1995 – deputy of the Medjlis of Turkmenistan. From June 26, 1992 – Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Processing Industry of Turkmenistan, later – Minister of Agriculture and Food. Simultaneously from February 24, 1993 – deputy chairman of the State commission for land reform; from March 28, 1994 – chairman of the State commission for reform of collective farms, state farms and other agricultural establishments in Turkmenistan. Dismissed from work on July 29, 1994 “at his own request.” The resignation was accompanied by public accusations from President Niyazov of financial abuse. From 1994 – Deputy Minister of Economics and Finance. From March 10, 1995 – khyakim of Gyaversk District of Akhal Province. Dismissed from work on July 7, 1997 “for inadequacies at work.” Later again returned to state service, was named acting khyakim of Chandybil Province of the city of Ashgabat. On August 28, 2006, dismissed from work “for serious shortcomings in the work.” Simultaneously, from approximately 1998-2007 – executive director of the company, “Gok Gusak,” carrying out maintenance of various state structures by planting seedlings of trees and bushes in gardening projects. In the spring of 2007 he retired. According to media reports, he also worked in business through the UAE. According to relatives, since 2006 Meredov was treated for hepatitis, he was almost daily given injections and a special diet, he also suffered from hypertension and diabetes. Lived in Ashgabat.

Arrest and сonviction: According to unconfirmed information, was detained for several days after the death of Niyazov, and then let go. (Vremya Novostei, 08.08.2007, http://www.vremya.ru/2007/140/5/183914.html). Arrested on July 29, 2007. Accused of negligent attitude to official duties at his last place of work and violations of customs legislation related to the export of cotton. Contained in the detainment center of the Ministry of National Security. Convicted in autumn 2007. Sentenced to 19 years of imprisonment in a strict security colony with confiscation of property. Together with him, his deputy, and another official were tried. Around January 2008, he was accused of violating the regime and transferred to Ovadan Depe prison. The first six months there he was allowed food transfers (twice a month); then they were banned. Letters and visits were not allowed – until his death.

Current situation: Died in the Ovadan Depe prison on August 17, 2013 from a heart attack. The body was given over to his relatives.