Thursday, October 02, 2014


Kyrgyzstan

Maksim Bakiev's Business Partner Sentenced In New York

By RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service
A former business partner of the son of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for fraud.

Bloomberg reports that Eugene Gourevitch, aka Yevgeny Gurevich, was sentenced to 63 months in jail on June 16 in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, for his role in a $6 million fraud case in 2012 involving a plan to buy shares in Facebook.

Gurevich, a Soviet-born U.S. citizen, worked as the CEO of financial group MGN Capital in Bishkek and was a close associate of then-President Kurmanbek Bakiev's son -- Maksim Bakiev.

He fled Kyrgyzstan in the wake of mass antigovernment protests in April 2010, which toppled Bakiev.

In 2011, a court in Bishkek sentenced Gurevich in absentia to 15 years in jail for corruption.
 

With reporting by Bloomberg

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