Kyrgyz Social Development Minister

Kyrgyz Social Development Minister, Mr Ravshan Sabirov, has been accused of extorting bribes.

Investigators claim that Mr Sabirov’s assistant accepted a bribe of US$20,000, US$10,000 of which went to Mr Sabirov. The money was allegedly paid by a foreign company in return for a licence to operate in the field of international adoption of children in Kyrgyzstan.

The assistant contends that he was just a “middle-man” and that he collected the money upon Mr Sabirov’s order.