Ex-head of Financial Police of Kyrgyzstan detained on suspicion of illegal fundraising

Bakir Tairov, ex-chairman of the Financial Police of Kyrgyzstan, was detained for illegal receipt of money on a large scale from the head of one of the state bodies to finance one of the political parties. The press service for the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security report.

As part of the pre-trial proceedings, it was established that on the eve of the parliamentary elections in October of this year, Tairov, former chairman of the State Service for Combating Economic Crimes, under the pretext of the need to finance one of the political parties, forced one of the heads of the state body to transfer a large amount of money to him.

Tairov was detained on December 10 and placed in the temporary detention center of the State Committee for National Security. The investigation continues.

Bakir Tairov has been the head of the financial police since April 28, 2018. After the events of October 2020, Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov appointed Syimyk Japykeev as the new chairman.

In 2019, Azattyk, Kloop and OCCRP news agencies published an investigation into the withdrawal of $ 700 million from Kyrgyzstan. The main person involved in the investigation was Raiym Matraimov, former deputy head of customs.

According to the OCCRP, the investigation also mentioned Bakir Tairov’s brother Iskender. He was a business partner of AKA Petroleum. This company was one of a network of firms through which the money withdrawn from Kyrgyzstan was allegedly laundered. After the death of Iskender Tairov, his widow Cholpon Elmuratova and the brother-in-law of Tairov brothers Toktosun Tumanbaev took care of AKA Petroleum.