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The agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on cooperation in fight against crime

of July 27, 1995

The government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan which further are referred to as with the Parties

expressing concern in scales and tendencies of development of crime, especially in its organized forms,

proceeding from the aspiration to provide reliable protection against infringement of life, the rights and freedoms, honor and advantage of the person, interests of society and state,

attaching importance to international cooperation in observance of the conventional human rights and freedoms,

considering provisions of documents of the United Nations and the Commonwealths of Independent States accepted in the field of crime prevention and implementation of criminal justice

in view of the Convention on legal assistance and legal relations on civil, family and criminal cases of January 22, 1993, and also the Program of joint efforts for fight against organized crime and other dangerous types of crime in the territory of the State Parties of the Commonwealth of Independent States approved by the decision of Council of CIS Heads of Government on March 12, 1993

being guided by provisions of the Agreement on bases of the interstate relations, friendship and cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Uzbekistan of May 30, 1992 and the Declaration on development and deepening of full cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Uzbekistan of March 2, 1994,

proceeding from the principles of equality and mutually beneficial cooperation,

agreed as follows:

Article 1. Sphere and subjects of application of the Agreement

1. The parties through the central competent authorities will perform cooperation in fight against crime according to provisions of this agreement and in case of compliance with law and the international obligations of the states.

2. This agreement does not raise the questions of rendering legal assistance on criminal cases and issues.

3. For the purposes of this agreement the central competent authorities are:

for the Russian Federation - the Prosecutor General's Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Security Service, the State Customs Committee, Department of tax police, the Federal Border Service;

for the Republic of Uzbekistan - the State Tax Committee, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Prosecutor's office, Service of homeland security.

4. Each of the Parties notifies other Party on modification of the list of the central competent authorities.

5. The central competent authorities for the purpose of accomplishment of this agreement communicate with each other directly. The measures of cooperation provided by this agreement can be performed also at the local level if the interested central competent authorities agree about such procedure.

Article 2. Directions of cooperation

1. The parties will cooperate in the prevention, identification, suppression and disclosure of crimes, in particular the following acts:

violent crimes against life, health, freedoms and advantages of the personality, and also against property;

acts of terrorism, organized crime and corruption;

arms trafficking, ammunition, explosive and toxic agents, and also radioactive materials;

kidnappings, prostitution operation;

illegal production and drug trafficking and psychotropic substances, and also the substances used in the course of their production;

ecological crimes;

crimes in the field of economy, including illegal transactions with currency values, illegal international financial and export transactions, legalization of income gained from criminal activities, production and sale of counterfeit bank notes and financial records, securities and means of cashless payments;

smuggling;

criminal infringement of cultural and historical values;

crimes on transport;

plunders of vehicles.

2. The parties will also perform interaction in the following directions:

safety on transport and traffic;

organization of execution of criminal penalties;

passport and visa work, control of entrance, departure, transit and stay of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship;

maintenance and protection of valuable and particular loads;

ensuring fire safety;

identification of unknown corpses, the identity of the patients and children who are not able to report about themselves.

3. The parties will also cooperate in the following areas:

material logistics of activities of the competent authorities;

preparation and advanced training of personnel;

implementation of scientific research for the benefit of fight against crime, including on development of information systems, means of communication and the special equipment.

Article 3. Forms of cooperation

For the purpose of realization of provisions of Article 2 of this agreement the central competent authorities of the Parties will perform cooperation, in particular, in the following forms:

exchange of information which is of interest on the preparing or committed crimes and physical persons and legal entities and the organizations, involved in them;

execution of requests about conducting investigation and search operations:

search of persons disappearing from criminal prosecution or serving sentence, and also missing persons;

exchange of information about new types of the drugs and psychotropic substances which appeared in illicit trafficking, technologies of their production and the substances used at the same time, and also about new methods of research and identification of drugs and psychotropic substances;

search and return in the procedure for the stolen objects having numbers or specific distinctive signs established by the Convention on legal assistance and legal relations on civil, family and criminal cases of January 22, 1993 including motor transport and firearms, and also number securities and passports (identity certificates);

work experience exchange, including holding training, consultations, seminars and training courses;

exchange of legal and other regulatory legal acts, assistance in acquisition of educational and methodical literature;

carrying out joint scientific research on the problems which are of mutual interest;

exchange on mutually advantageous basis scientific and technical literature and information.

Article 4. Requests about rendering assistance

1. The cooperation within this agreement is performed based on requests about rendering assistance of competent authorities of the Parties.

2. The inquiry is sent for rendering assistance in writing. Requests can be transferred in immediate cases orally, however they shall be confirmed no later than seven days in writing.

In case of doubt in authenticity or content of request about rendering assistance its confirmation can be requested.

3. The request about rendering assistance shall contain:

a) the name of the competent authority requesting assistance and body to which the request is turned;

b) statement of merits of case;

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