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Last Updated: Monday, 16 October 2006, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Russian banker's killers 'found'
Andrei Kozlov (pic: NTV)
Mr Kozlov was in charge of licensing commercial banks
Russian prosecutors say they have identified suspects in the murder of the first deputy chairman of Russia's central bank, Andrei Kozlov.

"The people linked to organising and carrying out this crime have been identified," the prosecutor general's office said.

Mr Kozlov, 41, was shot dead at a Moscow sports ground on 13 September.

Under his supervision, the central bank had shut down dozens of banks in a crackdown on money-laundering.

Russian media reported that three Ukrainians had been arrested in connection with the murder. That was not confirmed by the prosecutor-general's office.

RUSSIAN CONTRACT KILLINGS
Oct 2005 - former bank head Alexander Slesarev gunned down near Moscow
July 2004 - US editor of Forbes' Russian edition, Paul Klebnikov, shot dead in Moscow
Oct 2002 - Magadan governor Valentin Tsvetkov killed in Moscow
Nov 1998 - liberal MP Galina Starovoitova killed in St Petersburg
March 1995 - leading journalist Vladislav Listyev shot dead in Moscow

Prosecutors have said they believe the killing was linked to Kozlov's banking supervision work.

Kozlov was attacked by at least two gunmen in the grounds of the Moscow Spartak football club after a match between central bank employees.

He underwent surgery lasting several hours but died of his wounds.

His driver died at the scene of the attack.


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Archive footage of Mr Kozlov



SEE ALSO
Obituary: Andrei Kozlov
14 Sep 06 |  Europe
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