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Visa Scam Uncovered In France's Moscow Embassy


http://gdb.rferl.org/138BA3F2-254B-4767-B9CB-98D9AC7FD2F9_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/138BA3F2-254B-4767-B9CB-98D9AC7FD2F9_mw800_mh600.jpg French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy (left) with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in January (epa) August 16, 2006 -- The French Foreign Ministry today said that three officials at the French Embassy in Moscow have been sacked and four have resigned after the discovery of a visa scam.


The ministry said funds have been "misappropriated due to anomalies in the handling of some applications."


AFP quotes a source in the French embassy in Moscow as saying that several consular officials were suspected of taking bribes to speed up the delivery of visas.


(AFP)

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