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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Newspaper: Talbott Said U.S. Knew

A Russian newspaper quoted U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott as saying Washington had been aware of Russian money laundering through the Bank of New York for two years and had criticized it "moderately," but a U.S. government official said Talbott was misquoted.

Segodnya wrote Friday that Talbott, speaking to a group of Russian journalists in Washington last week, had said the U.S. government knew long ago of alleged Russian money laundering and had complained about it through International Monetary Fund channels.

"In the past year our Treasury Department, long before this last scandal, started looking into it. For two years we have been criticizing money laundering moderately through the IMF," Segodnya quoted Talbott as saying.

"That must be a bad translation, because obviously we did not [know about money laundering]," a U.S. government official, who asked not to be identified, said in a telephone interview from Washington.

Segodnya reporter Sergei Mulin said in a telephone interview Friday that he had reported Talbott's comments exactly as they had been translated by Talbott's interpreter.