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|Shot Russia bank chief 'critical' |
(about 6 hours later)
A senior official of Russia's Central Bank has been shot and critically wounded by two unidentified gunmen in Moscow, media reports say.
Andrei Kozlov, the bank's first deputy chairman, was attacked in the grounds of Moscow Spartak football club.
Mr Kozlov's driver was killed in the shooting at 2100 local time (1700 GMT).
Under Mr Kozlov's supervision, the Central Bank had cancelled the licences of a number of banks suspected of involvement in money laundering.
Russian news agency RIA Novosti said Mr Kozlov, 41, was "fighting for his life".
The Central Bank has not yet commented on the incident.
The Interfax news agency said Mr Kozlov had bullet wounds to his chest and stomach and was undergoing surgery.
The agency quoted Russian parliamentarian Anatoly Aksakov as saying: "Of course it could be connected with his professional activities.
"He had a very tough position in relation to banks which laundered money and engaged in other illegal activities," he said.
|Mr Kozlov, who is married with three children, left the bank in 1997 but returned in April 2002.||Mr Kozlov, who is married with three children, left the bank in 1997 but returned in April 2002.|