INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR BETTER GOVERNANCE – Kuwait faces criticism over Marsha Lazareva case

By James Wilson
Founding Director
International Foundation for Better Governance

Prominent Russian businesswoman Marsha Lazareva was sentenced this month to ten years hard labour in Kuwait after a conviction for misusing public funds. She denies all of the charges and has confirmed that she will appeal the decision, writes James Wilson.

However, concerns are growing as she sits in the notorious Sulaibiya prison in Kuwait, where she shares a small cell with seven other women.The prison has an official capacity of 2500 inmates but is currently grossly overcrowded and housing 6000 detainees.

Ms Lazareva is a leading figure in Middle Eastern business, known for her role as chief executive and vice-chairman of the private equity group KGL Investment (KGLI), a company she has led since 2007.KGLI manages The Port Fund, which invests in mid-sized, high-potential port management and logistics-related businesses, including a joint venture that built the logistics hub Global Gateway Logistics City on a former U.S. military base in The Philippines.