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IBC head: Kyrgyz business community is outraged by the detention of Ksenia Barabash

April 24, 2021

Executive Director of the International Business Council Askar Sydykov commented to on the fact that the court chose a preventive measure in the form of arrest in a pre-trial detention center against Ksenia Barabash.

On April 22, 2021, the Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek chose a preventive measure against Barabash in the form of arrest in pre-trial detention center for one month. Ksenia Barabash is a representative of the Turkish company Gata Havayolları ve Taşımacılık A.Ş. in Kyrgyzstan.

The business community was shocked by such harsh measures that were taken against a business representative, said Sydykov.

"Many representatives of the business community expressed their opinion on social networks about the detention of Barabash. They are all outraged, because it is illegal. Back in December last year, a law was passed on the inadmissibility of the use of harsh measures in economic affairs. After that, two decrees of President Sadyr Japarov were issued about protecting business and investments. If we not delve into the issue itself, then there are other measures, such as bail, recognizance not to leave or house arrest. Why put her under arrest? I know her personally, she is a respectable person, and keeping her in the pre-trial detention center is inhuman," the IBC head concluded calling on the court to release Barabash.

"Turkey sent a note to the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry regarding the detention of a representative of their company in Bishkek. And this is a big signal that foreign companies are being persecuted by Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies. In this regard, the official Bishkek must take measures to resolve this situation," he added.

Sydykov believes that such illegal actions of law enforcement agencies and the judicial system against a representative of a foreign company who provided her services to a state company will negatively affect the overall image of Kyrgyzstan.

“Potential investors are now closely monitoring this situation, and this is a big signal that business security is not ensured in Kyrgyzstan. The political will of the authorities is needed to stop such a bad practice," he said.

The business community has developed appropriate amendments to the law, which will protect business from illegal actions of law enforcement agencies, Sydykov said.