“I like this atmosphere,” said Muzafar, a 20-something volunteer at the American Corner, an outreach program of the U.S. Embassy, as we walked along a boulevard in the Tajikistan capital city of Dushanbe. “I just remember the civil war, growing up, and now these days!”
VimpelCom Ltd., the wireless carrier owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman and Norway’s Telenor ASA, improved first-quarter profitability after adding users in former Soviet republics and Italy and cutting costs.
VimpelCom Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Jo Lunder said the mobile carrier will stick to its Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA unit, keeping the Italian asset off limits to former owner Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian billionaire who is seeking to re-enter the market.
U.S. lawmakers urged Uzbekistan’s president to resolve a conflict over New York-listed OAO Mobile TeleSystems, the Russian phone operator that had its local license withdrawn and employees detained, warning investment in the Central Asian state may suffer.