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Matraimov Placed in Pretrial Detention as Money Laundering Investigation Moves Ahead
February 22, 2021

Matraimov Placed in Pretrial Detention as Money Laundering Investigation Moves Ahead

By Catherine Putz
Matraimov, who pleaded guilty to corruption earlier this month and got off with a fine, may face new charges.

In Kyrgyzstan, Controversial Former Customs Official Matraimov Rearrested
February 19, 2021

In Kyrgyzstan, Controversial Former Customs Official Matraimov Rearrested

By Catherine Putz
A week ago, Matraimov pleaded guilty to corruption and was fined $3,000. He may soon face new charges.
US Designates Raimbek Matraimov Under Global Magnitsky Act for Corruption
December 10, 2020

US Designates Raimbek Matraimov Under Global Magnitsky Act for Corruption

By Catherine Putz
Matraimov is alleged to have laundered $700 million out of Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek has let him off easy, but Washington has finally taken action.

Kyrgyzstan: Raimbek Matraimov Detained, Released
October 21, 2020

Kyrgyzstan: Raimbek Matraimov Detained, Released

By Catherine Putz
The former customs official’s arrest was a suspicious surprise, though he’s long been alleged to have engaged in massive corruption in Kyrgyzstan. 

As Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day, Poet Calls Out Corruption
September 01, 2020

As Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day, Poet Calls Out Corruption

By Catherine Putz
At Kyrgyzstan’s muted independence day celebration, a poet-singer called out government corruption in his performance.

Kyrgyz Court Unsurprisingly Upholds Rulings Against Atambayev and Isakov
August 20, 2020

Kyrgyz Court Unsurprisingly Upholds Rulings Against Atambayev and Isakov

By Catherine Putz
Atambaeyv’s second trial is still in progress, but previous cases against the former president and his ally, Sapar Isakov, were recently upheld.

Undaunted, Joint Investigation Rolls Out Records Backing Corruption Reporting
June 30, 2020

Undaunted, Joint Investigation Rolls Out Records Backing Corruption Reporting

By Catherine Putz
RFE/RL, OCCRP and Kloop have published two new reports as well as a database filled with documents provided by murdered former money launderer Aierken Saimaiti.
Kyrgyz Authorities Make Corruption Accusation Against Journalist
June 03, 2020

Kyrgyz Authorities Make Corruption Accusation Against Journalist

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz authorities allege, with the hearsay of a single witness, that journalists involved in a massive investigation of corruption took payment to report.

Atambayev’s Allies Face Long Sentences as Corruption Trials Close
December 10, 2019

Atambayev’s Allies Face Long Sentences as Corruption Trials Close

By Catherine Putz
There’s no shortage of corruption to dig into in Kyrgyzstan, but the pursuit of justice is often directed by politics.

Kyrgyzstan Reacts to Bombshell Investigative Report, Taking to the Snowy Streets
November 28, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Reacts to Bombshell Investigative Report, Taking to the Snowy Streets

By Colleen Wood
A bombshell investigative report mobilized people to protest corruption and demand reform in Bishkek. 

Kyrgyz News Site Kloop Interrupted by DDoS Attack
October 30, 2019

Kyrgyz News Site Kloop Interrupted by DDoS Attack

By Catherine Putz
Last week Kloop and OCCRP published a damning report about the giving away of land in a prized public park to Bishkek’s rich and well-connected.
Another Atambayev Ally Faces Corruption Charges in Kyrgyzstan
October 29, 2018

Another Atambayev Ally Faces Corruption Charges in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Ikramjan Ilmiyanov, a former adviser to previous Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, faces corruption charges.

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