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Russian Oligarch Wanted In Money-Laundering Scam

7 March 2005 -- Police say Russian-Israeli businessman Vladimir Gusinskii is wanted for questioning over a multimillion-dollar money-laundering scandal involving Israel's largest bank.

Israeli police said today that documents have been seized from his home and that Gusinskii will be questioned upon his return from abroad.

Gusinskii has large investments in Israel, including a large stake in the "Maariv" newspaper and interests in a wide range of media outfits.

Israel's largest bank, Hapoalim, is suspected of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars.

Police said yesterday that 24 employees of the bank have been arrested for questioning and several are expected to be remanded in custody. Around 200 clients of the branch may also be questioned and 180 accounts have been frozen.