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Russia: Shots Fired At Central Banker's Home

By Laurie Belin

Moscow, 22 July 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Moscow police say shots were fired last night at the apartment of Russian Central Bank Chairman Sergei Dubinin.

Interfax quotes an unidentified Central Bank official as saying the incident was most likely "a warning and a means of exerting psychological pressure" on Dubinin rather than an assassination attempt. Dubinin recently charged that more than $500 million in government funds was misused in fraudulent banking deals.

He implicated former Deputy Finance Minister Andrei Vavilov and the private Unikombank in the transaction. Both have categorically denied any wrongdoing.