Barki Tochik accountant suspected of embezzling large sums of money

The deputy chief accountant at the state energy holding company, Barki Tochik, has been arrested in Dushanbe, suspected of misappropriating state funds on a particularly massive scale.

Anna Malikova

2009-12-05

DUSHANBE — The deputy chief accountant at the state energy holding company, Barki Tochik, was arrested on December 1 in Dushanbe, suspected of misappropriating state funds on a particularly massive scale.

According to Fattokh Saidov, the director of the State Financial Control and Anti-Corruption Agency, Kayumov and his four accomplices falsified documents and embezzled approximately US$300,000. “The deputy chief accountant’s accomplices confessed and returned most of the embezzled funds to the state coffers. At the same time, Kayumov denies any involvement in the crime whatsoever and regards himself as innocent,” Saidov added.

According to the results of inspections and audits of state institutions and at state enterprises, members of the anti-corruption agency have, in the course of the first 9 months of 2009, uncovered losses exceeding $12,000,000. Among the unlawful actions on the part of civil servants were shortfalls, misappropriation of monetary funds and tangible assets, illegal disbursement of state funds, their loss and ruin and the concealment of taxes.

At the same time, in November 2009, the international organisation Transparency International published its regular annual report on global corruption. Experts calculate that in 2008 public officials in various countries embezzled no less than $400 billion. Tajikistan ranked 158th out of 180 in terms of its corruption rating, reflecting the country’s traditionally high level of corruption. This has an adverse effect on absolutely all spheres of Tajikistan society and holds back the country’s development.

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