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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Urges Action on Crime Conventions




President Boris Yeltsin, stung by media allegations of corruption in his circle, wants Russia to step up cooperation with Western countries on fighting organized crime, the Kremlin said Friday.


Yeltsin has ordered Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and other senior ministers to look into why Russia has still not signed European conventions "of an anti-criminal nature" or joined an international commission fighting money laundering, it said.


"The president ... has expressed dissatisfaction with the state of affairs," a Kremlin press statement said.


Yeltsin has also ordered his representatives in the two houses of parliament to give priority to securing Russia's ratification of European conventions on cooperation in the fight against crime.


Yeltsin told U.S. President Bill Clinton in a telephone conversation Wednesday that the allegations made against him, his family and administration were untrue.


Yeltsin also said he had refused to sign a bill passed by parliament on money laundering because it contradicted the Russian Constitution. He said he was ready to sign a revised bill dealing with theissue.


Russia will send a team of senior law enforcement officers to Washington on Monday to confer with the FBI and other U.S. authorities on the money-laundering probe.


U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno will visit Russia around Oct. 13 to attend a Group of Eight conference on crime and corruption, Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott said.


The financial scandals also are expected to be on the agenda when Clinton meets Putin at an Asia-Pacific economic summit this weekend in New Zealand.