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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Russian, Uzbek security services crack terrorism financing ring

MOSCOW, June 27 (RIA Novosti) - The security services of Russia and Uzbekistan have broken an illegal international money-transfer scheme that financed global terrorism, the Federal Security Service said Tuesday.

"During an investigation conducted in Russia and Uzbekistan, 35 people were arrested, including the leader of the criminal group," the service said in a statement. "Operatives seized 40 million rubles [$1.5 million] in domestic and foreign currency."

The service said that the international criminal group, which consisted of people from Russia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and China, had been operating in several countries, including Russia.

"Moscow prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the group's activities," the statement said. The detainees have been allegedly charged with organizing a criminal group, contraband and illegal banking activities.

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