"We are meeting in this format today because of a tragic case -- the murder of the first deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank -- and I think you will agree with me that it is a manifestation of the intensifying situation in the struggle against crime in the economic sphere," Putin said, addressing a meeting of bankers and law enforcement officials today.
Central Bank First Deputy Chairman Andrei Kozlov was shot dead late on September 13. He had been in charge of a campaign against money laundering in the banking system.
Putin called for an interagency task force -- including prosecutors, customs, and intelligence officers -- to be set up to crack down on financial crime.
He also demanded legislative changes to stamp out suspicious dealings in banking.
( Reuters, ITAR-TASS)
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