First Deputy Chief of Russian Central Bank shot

Russia has yet to become a normal country;

For many in Moscow, the murder of first deputy Central Bank chief Andrei Kozlov has brought back memories of the 1990s, when commercial disputes often ended in gunfights and car bombings.

"I don't think the situation has changed at all since then," said Viktor Ilyukhin, a member of the State Duma's Security Committee. "Organized crime, in association with big capital, can do whatever it wants, and the government is helpless."

Ilyukhin, formerly a senior prosecutor, said the country was in for a new wave of contract hits on government officials. "We are on the eve of a big brawl," he said.

Igor Pushkaryov, a member of the Federation Council's Budget Committee, said the killing was particularly unexpected given the country's current political and economic stability.

"It seemed that the lawlessness of the 1990s was a thing of the past, but what has happened sends us right back to those chaotic days," Pushkaryov told Interfax.”


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