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    RUSSIAN FINANCIAL MONITORING COMMITTEE FROMS NEW ANTI-TERRORIST DEPARTMENT

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    PARIS, February 28, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Andrei Nizamutdinov). The Russian Financial Monitoring Committee (KFM) is accomplishing the formation of a new department to combat terrorist financing, KFM head Viktor Zubkov told RIA Novosti in Paris on Friday.

    "The department has been already created and its head has been appointed. The department will comprise 20 people," Zubkov said.

    According to him, the new department will be involved only in the struggle against terrorist financing.

    Today the department is being staffed and the tasks of its sections are being outlined, he noted.

    "As a matter of fact, the department has already established contacts with law enforcement bodies and similar departments of the world's financial reconnaissance units, the KFM head said.

    In his opinion, "the department will be completely formed and will start active work by summer".

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