We’re not going to make any wise cracks about this. By all accounts, Andrei Kozlov was one of the good guys. Suddenly, we're not so sad we missed that opportunity to plunder Russia's oil reserves.
Russian central banker Andrei Kozlov was assassinated in Moscow, victim of a shooting that the prosecutor general linked to his job regulating the nation's banks.
Kozlov, a 41-year-old deputy chairman of the central bank, was shot in the head and neck by two gunmen outside a sports stadium last night, said Svetlana Petrenko, a spokeswoman at the Moscow prosecutor's office. He died in hospital this morning. The killing may have been connected to Kozlov's work, the prosecutor general's office said in a statement posted on its Web site today.
Kozlov, who led the central bank's fight against corruption in Russia's banking industry, was instrumental in pushing measures to regulate a financial system that almost collapsed after the government defaulted on $40 billion of debt in 1998. The changes included introducing a deposit insurance law, tightening supervision and increasing anti-money laundering legislation.