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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kozlov Inquiry Completed

Prosecutors said Tuesday that they had finished an investigation into the 2006 murder of Central Bank deputy head Andrei Kozlov and showed their key suspect, the head of a private bank, had ordered the killing.

Kozlov, who led a legal campaign against money laundering, was shot and later died of his wounds last September, after playing in an amateur football game.

The murder, which recalled the contract killings of the 1990s, sent jitters across the financial community, and President Vladimir Putin called for urgent action to clean up the banking system.

"In line with a version of events offered by investigators, Andrei Kozlov's killing was ordered by the banker Alexei Frenkel who was detained on Jan. 11 this year," the Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement.

Frenkel, who was once head of a private bank that Kozlov had closed down three months before he was killed, has repeatedly denied any involvement in the murder.

The suspected killers were arrested last October and middlemen in November and December, the prosecutors said.

"A total of seven people were arrested in this case," the office said.

All the parties involved in the case will now see the findings of the investigation and the case will be taken to court shortly afterward, prosecutors said.