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History Museum opened in Bishkek after long reconstruction

The History Museum was finally opened in Bishkek.

The festive event was accompanied by a concert.

The opening ceremony of the country’s main museum was attended by the Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism Azamat Zhamankulov, public figures, representatives of art, employees of cultural institutions of the country, the leadership of universities and entrepreneurs.

«Today is a special day. The History Museum opens its doors to residents and guests of the capital. It is everyone’s duty to pass on the historical heritage of the people to the next generation,» the official said.

The History Museum will open to visitors tomorrow, on November 20. Everyone can visit the museum free of charge until November 30 from 10.00 to 18.00.

Reconstruction of the State History Museum began on March 25, 2016. In May 2018, at the final stages of the renovation, the deputies of the Parliament got acquainted with the progress of the reconstruction and were outraged by the high cost of the purchased furniture and exhibits.

In July 2018, the Prosecutor General’s Office opened a criminal case on the illegal use of budget funds allocated for the reconstruction of the building and the purchase of equipment for the State History Museum. The damage to the state amounted to 307,650,000 soms.

The Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek found the former prime minister Sapar Isakov guilty under the article «Corruption» of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic and sentenced him to 18 years in prison. He must pay the state 247,650,281 soms.

Former head of the Department of Civil Development, Religious and Ethnic Policy of the Presidential Executive Office, Mira Karybaeva, was found guilty under the article «Abuse of official position» of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic. The former official must pay the state a fine in the amount of 260,000 soms. The Bishkek City Court upheld this decision.

In December 2020, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan overturned the verdict of the Pervomaisky District and Bishkek City Courts in the criminal case on the repair of the History Museum and the reconstruction of the hippodrome in Cholpon-Ata.