78. Tachnazarov, Guychnazar

Date of Birth: Unknown

Biography: Former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources

Arrest and Conviction: Tachnazarov was dismissed on October 31, 2005 from his post as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in connection with allegations of serious financial abuse, including the theft of more than US $266 million Dollars and 1 billion Manat. On December 31, 2005, President Niyazov stated that Tachnazarov had admitted taking bribes of US $5 million and thatUS $5-10 million were seized from Tachnazarov upon conviction (Radio Azattyk, 2011).