31. Esenov, Guychmyrad

Date of Birth: Unknown

Biography: Unknown. Former director of the Turkmenbashi refinery (Turkmenistan.ru, 14.09.2005).

Arrest and Conviction: He was dismissed from his position as Director of Turkmenbashi refinery on September 13, 2005 (Turkmenistan.ru, 14.09.2005). President Niyazov said that Esenov had been “stealing with Gurbanmuradov” and had afterwards “returned” about 9.574 billion Manat and should return another US $2.111 million. Niyazov stated that he had enough evidence to “put him away for 10 years,” but had given him a warning instead. There is unofficial evidence that he had been convicted and imprisoned despite this public presentation of a warning.