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Another charge brought against Sapar Isakov: corruption in repair of museum

Another corruption charge, which entailed grave consequences, was brought against the former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov. Investigation into the reconstruction of the Historical Museum continues at the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan. Press center of the committee reported.

It clarified that the investigation found out: in 2016, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency under the office of the Prime Minister of Turkey (TIKA) signed a protocol on the complete reconstruction of the State Historical Museum, including the creation of a new exposition. According to the agreement, the Turkish side had to allocate grant funds in the amount of $ 15 million within 3 years.

«However, due to unreasonable interference with the reconstruction of the museum by the former head of the Presidential Administration of Kyrgyzstan, Sapar Isakov, and other officials, and their demand for completion of works before August 31, 2017, the Turkish side refused to carry out further work. As a result, the museum had to be reconstructed by attracting additional funds from the republican budget in the amount of more than 1,520 billion soms,» the State Committee for National Security noted.

According to the investigation, more than $ 4 million was spent from the above-mentioned grant funds only on the repair of the facade and the improvement of the adjacent territory of the museum.

«In 2017, Sapar Isakov, creating a stable unlawful relationship with individuals, in violation of the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic, without state procurement procedures, contrary to the interests of the state, attracted the German company Vitrinen — und Glasbau REIER GmbH to create a new museum exposition,» the state committee says.

As a result, the organization supplied the exhibits and equipment that did not comply with the concept of the museum, approved by the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism, namely: expensive cafeteria equipment, two white polygonal horses, an installation of 59 tree trunks, a podium and a pedestal totaling more than 55.5 million soms.

The sum of overpriced consumables (glue, paper tape, silicone hose, gloves, hammer, drill, garbage bags, etc.) imported and used by Vitrinen-und Glasbau REIER GmbH compared to similar materials available in the domestic market of the Kyrgyz Republic amounted to 3,785,600 soms.

In addition, the damage from exchange rate differences resulting from the illegal conclusion of a contract with the German company in euros, and not in national currency, amounted to 42,311,428 soms.

«Thus, the state suffered damage from the criminal actions of Sapar Isakov and other officials for a total of 101,690,800 soms. At the same time, the work on the reconstruction of the museum has not yet been completed,» SCNS summed up.

Former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov was also charged with corruption. He faces up to 20 years in prison. He is accused of causing significant material damage to the state by prior criminal conspiracy.

Sapar Isakov is charged with part 2 of article 303 of the Criminal Code. The former prime minister was arrested on corruption charges within the case on modernization of Bishkek’s Heating and Power Plant. Speaking at a trial on his preventive measure on December 18, he said that he became a victim of political persecution.