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    Seized documents point to Neftyanoi Bank money laundering role

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    MOSCOW, December 9 (RIA Novosti) - Prosecutors raided Neftyanoi Bank Thursday and seized documents that prove the bank was involved in money laundering, the Prosecutor General's Office said Friday.

    "Investigators said the documents seized from the Neftyanoi commercial bank were evidence that it had used fake companies and their accounts to conduct illegal bank transactions and launder money," the news release said. "They discovered around 20 stamps of organizations, which investigators said had been involved in the illegal financial transactions."

    "Heaps of banking papers and computer servers, which investigators believe were used by the bank in illegal transactions, were found in the cellar."

    Boris Nemtsov, the bank's director who formerly served as deputy prime minister under Russia's first President Boris Yeltsin and co-led a liberal political party, said Thursday the raid and searches were related to a client's activities and not to the bank itself. He said the bank had experienced several such raids already.

    "Unfortunately, it is not an uncommon situation in our country," Anna Yartsev, the bank press secretary, said also adding that prosecutors were after the bank's client.

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