MOSCOW, August 14 (RAPSI) – U.S. authorities have asked five European countries to freeze bank assets of several major Telecom companies suspected of involvement in corruption activities in Uzbekistan, Wall Street Journal has reported.

According to Wall Street Journal, Amsterdam-based Vimpelcom Ltd. , Mobile TeleSystems PJSC of Russia and Sweden’s TeliaSonera AB are targeted in a corruption case launched by American judicial authorities. Companies are suspected of bribery in Uzbekistan that allegedly involved the daughter of Uzbekistan’s president Gulnara Karimova.

American authorities have asked Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden and Switzerland to freeze approximately $1bln of assets, Wall Street Journal has reported. No company or individual has been charged yet.