| Andrei Kozlov |
|Born||January 6, 1965|
|Died||September 14, 2006 (Age 41)|
Cause of death
|Interests||Danske Bank money laundering scandal|
Andrei Kozlov was the first deputy chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation from 1997 to 1999 and again in 2002 to 2006. He was a "crusading Russian official traveled to Estonia in the summer of 2006 to warn the authorities that an unprecedented money-laundering scheme had been established in the tiny Baltic financial sector. The scam he had uncovered would go on to become the biggest dirty-money operation in history: the $200 billion Danske Bank scandal." He was assassinated in 2006.
"The unusual visit was first reported by the Estonian investigative newspaper Eesti Ekspress a month after Kozlov was killed. His trip over the border to Estonia never became a global news story because the significance of the crime Kozlov had been trying to expose was still an extraordinary secret."
On September 8, 2006, the Friday before his murder, Kozlov gave a speech at a banking conference in Sochi, saying, "Those who have been found out laundering criminal money should probably be barred from staying in the banking profession for life. Such people disgrace the banking system."
"Alexei Frenkel, whose VIP Bank had been shut down by the Russian Central Bank, was arrested for hiring three Ukrainian hitmen to gun down Kozlov."