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    MOSCOW, May 13 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow-based commercial Sodbiznesbank has been found to make committed violations of the money-laundering laws, the press service of the Main Economic Crime Board (GUBEP) of the Russian Interior Ministry has said on Thursday.

    "On the GUBEP initiative, the Central Bank of Russia has checked if work of the credit organisation Sodbizinesbank is in line with the legislation. Numerous violations have been exposed threatening the interests of creditors and depositors of the bank, violations of the money-laundering legislation", the press service said.

    "Certain aspects of work of the bank employees will very soon be assessed from the criminal-law point of view", it continued.

    Earlier on Thursday, the Bank of Russia withdrew the Sodbiznesbank licence.

    The Interior Ministry received information on violations in Sodbiznesbank during the investigation into the criminal case on taking hostage and slaughtering the general director and economic board director of the company OOO Kamaz-Metallurgy. The abductors demanded 30 million roubles (slightly over one million dollars) as ransom, of which they got 10 million. In the final count, this money in cash was paid through Sodbiznesbank on instruction of the bank manager.

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