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News in Brief

Money-Laundering Cases

Authorities registered 5,603 crimes involving money laundering in the first six months of this year, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

By comparison, a total of 7,957 such crimes were registered in all of 2006, the ministry said on its web site.

Of the cases registered through June of this year, 4,535 have been sent to the courts, the ministry said. Investigations into illegal cash transactions led to the closure of 51 banks in 2006, while 24 banks were closed for similar violations in the first eight months of this year, the ministry said. (MT)

Markov Replaces Zubkov

Oleg Markov on Wednesday was appointed head of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service, replacing new Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov, the government's press service said.

Markov had previously been the deputy head of the agency and was the acting head after Zubkov was appointed to his new post.

The government web site showed Wednesday that the agency will no longer report to the Finance Ministry but directly to Zubkov. (MT)

'Don't Pressure Myanmar'

The Foreign Ministry warned on Tuesday against exerting pressure on the Myanmar military government over its actions to quell the strongest anti-junta protests in 20 years.

The ministry said in a statement that it was closely watching protest marches by Buddhist monks and the Myanmar opposition in Yangon and several other cities.

The United Nations Security Council was called to meet later on Wednesday to consult on the situation in Myanmar. (Reuters)