Ex-head of Kyrgyz regulator detained over alleged mobile operator conspiracy

26 May 2020

Natalya Chernogubova, the former head of Kyrgyzstan’s telecoms regulator the State Communications Agency, has been placed in custody until at least 12 July under an investigation into an alleged ‘conspiracy’ involving a Kyrgyz mobile operator, news agency 24.kg reported. The Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek confirmed that the former official is currently in the pre-trial detention centre of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan. Earlier, the government’s Interdepartmental Investigation Group opened a criminal case regarding corruption, following allegations that Chernogubova entered into a conspiracy with an as-yet unnamed mobile service provider and officials from sector overseer the State Committee for Information Technology & Communications, and ‘in violation of applicable laws in the field of communications and licensing, renewed the operator’s licence due to change in standards’.