Kyrgyzstan Arrests Health Minister for Corruption

The Central Asian Prosecutor-General Office said Kyrgyzstan authorities have arrested the country’s Health Minister Alymkadyr Beishenaliyev on Friday for corruption linked to the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.  

Prosecutors said Beishenaliyev was involved in the purchase of more than two million coronavirus vaccines, in which proceeds totaling $19 million “were transferred to offshore accounts.” 

“Although Kyrgyzstan receives free coronavirus vaccines from China, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and international organizations in 2021, another 2,460,000 coronavirus vaccines were unjustifiably received from foreign companies,” Prosecutors added. 

In May, Beishenaliyev’s deputies accused him of bullying ministry employees, including using sexual taunts, and called for his resignation. 

Beishenaliyev has been nicknamed “aconite” for promoting a cure to coronavirus and other diseases made of a homemade liquid solution based on a poisonous root, also known as wolfsbane. 

Local media reported that security officers also detained two other top officials at the Health Ministry, Gulbara Ishenapysova, and Sultan Satarbekov, for misusing state funds in buying coronavirus vaccines last year.

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