Statement on the Detention of Kamchy Kolbaev

The United States welcomes the actions of the Kyrgyz Government to capture major organized crime figure Kamchybek Kolbaev.  The U.S. expresses the hope that the Kyrgyz Government will prosecute and continue to detain this dangerous criminal leader in the interest of public safety.

The U.S. Department of State has offered a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the disruption of the financial mechanisms of the criminal network of Kamchybek Kolbaev.

Kolbaev’s criminal network is based in Central Asia and is involved in drug trafficking, arms trafficking, human trafficking, extortion, and other crimes. The Kolbaev criminal network is part of the broader Brothers’ Circle transnational criminal organization composed of leaders and members of several Eurasian criminal groups. Kolbaev was designated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13581 in February 2012 for acting for or on behalf of the Brothers’ Circle.