Kyrgyzstan: Protesters demand investigation into alleged $700m money laundering scheme

Around one thousand peaceful protesters gathered outside the Kyrgyz parliament in Bishkek on Monday to demand the goverment investigate alleged $700 million (€635m) money laundering scheme revealed by an international corruption report. The demonstrators gathered in front of the parliament building and around the Revolution Fighters monument located nearby, shouting slogans and carrying posters... Еще against corruption. The protesters demanded for senior government officials to react to the recently published report and take appropriate measures. The joint report by the Kyrgyz news website Kloop, US state-sponsored Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the multinational Crime and Corruption Reporting Project alleged that two influential family clans had been doing business with China and trafficking goods into Kyrgyzstan from 2011 to 2017. The funds were later channelled out of the country. Material for the report was provided by Kyrgyz businessman Aiyerkan Saimaiti, who was gunned down in Turkey earlier this month. Saimaiti was allegedly involved in the corruption scheme, providing reporters with documents exposing the graft before his murder in Istanbul on November 10. Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev's government said in a statement that «all assumptions about the corruption of former and current officials, is being carefully studied by the relevant authorities». The statement added that the Kyrgyz authorities have created a commission to investigate Aiyerkan Saimaiti's murder.

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