A corruption crackdown is picking up speed in Kyrgyzstan. Forty-two new criminal cases involving the alleged theft of state assets are now underway against formerly high-ranking government officials. Among the looted assets are hundreds of millions of dollars in Russian economic assistance.
The new cases come on top of 19 indictments already handed down against business associates of Maxim Bakiyev, the controversial son of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, whose administration collapsed in April. Among the prosecutors’ targets in those 19 cases are: Mikhail Nadel, Eugene Gourevitch, Alexei Shirshov and Alexei Eliseev.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, Kyrgyzstan’s provisional government, which assumed power following Bakiyev’s downfall, has recovered $60.6 million allegedly stolen by the Bakiyev family and their associates. The funds were part of a $300-million loan that was extended by Russia to the Central Asian state.
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Deirdre Tynan is a freelance journalist who specializes in Central Asian affairs.