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RIA Novosti

NEW YORK, March 3 (RIA Novosti, Alexei Berezin and Andrei Loshchilin) - Russia has suggested establishing a regional CIS group in Central Asia; this regional group would be expected to fight money-laundering operations; moreover, it will help deprive terrorist cells of money. This was disclosed in a RIA Novosti interview by Andrei Kozlov, the first board chairman with the Central Bank of Russia.

Russia suggested establishing this regional group in 2004. FATF (Financial Action Task Force) supported this initiative. Interesting, as it may seem, but China, which is not a FATF member, has joined this group together with Russia and Central Asian countries, Mr. Kozlov went on to say.

This is a highly important aspect; the same concerns various opinions of Russia's role in setting up the regional group, Mr. Kozlov noted.

In Mr. Kozlov's words, FATF, which suggests that similar national working groups be established, sponsors their activities.

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