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|Russia central banker shot dead
||Russia central banker shot dead
(about 2 hours later)
The deputy chairman of Russia's central bank has died in hospital after being shot by two unidentified gunmen in the capital, Moscow.
Andrei Kozlov, 41, was attacked in the grounds of the Moscow Spartak football club late on Wednesday.
Moscow's general prosecutor said the motive for the shooting was unclear.
|Under Mr Kozlov's supervision, the central bank had revoked the licences of a number of banks suspected of involvement in money laundering.||Under Mr Kozlov's supervision, the central bank had revoked the licences of a number of banks suspected of involvement in money laundering.|
Mr Kozlov received emergency surgery for the gunshot wounds but died early on Thursday.
His driver also died in the shooting.
The central bank has not yet commented on the incident.
The Interfax news 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."
Mr Kozlov, who is married with three children, left the bank in 1997 but returned in April 2002.