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Suspect Detained In Murder Of Russian Central Bank Official


http://gdb.rferl.org/46DED425-CC07-4F97-8EE4-7D48DEBC21D6_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/46DED425-CC07-4F97-8EE4-7D48DEBC21D6_mw800_mh600.jpg Aleksei Frenkel in court on January 12 (ITAR-TASS) January 12, 2007 -- Russian authorities have arrested a new suspect in connection with the murder last year of Central Bank Deputy Chairman Andrei Kozlov.


Liana Askerova was reportedly detained on January 10. A Moscow court today ordered that she remain in custody for two months, but did not formally charge her.


Kozlov was Russia's chief banking supervisor and had shut down dozens of banks accused of money laundering. He was shot dead in Moscow on September 13, 2006.


On January 11, police reported the detention of a man suspected of ordering his murder. A lawyer later identified that suspect as Aleksei Frenkel, a well-known financier.


Frenkel formerly chaired a bank that had its license withdrawn by the Central Bank for money laundering.


Three other suspects were reportedly arrested in October 2006.


(compiled from agency reports)

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