Action against economic crime

MOLI-RU 2: Project against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the Russian Federation

"All our past activities”

Basel Institute on Governance: Third annual seminar on countering financing of terrorism (Giessbach III) (15‑17 December 2009, Lucerne)

[16 December 2009, Strasbourg] The MOLI-RU2 Project is supporting the participation of representatives of the Russian Financial Intelligence Unit, other law enforcement agencies and the International Training Center for Financial Monitoring. The main focus of the seminar are the regulatory/supervisory community and the financial sector. The seminar participants will be given the opportunity to discuss views on how to develop practical solutions to critical issues.


Training Course in budget-related crimes and AML (16-17 December 2009, Nizhny Novgorod)

[9 December 2009, Strasbourg] The MOLI-RU2 project is organising a two-day training course for senior detective officers for most serious crimes and detective officers specialising in budget-related crimes and AML from 15 regions of Russia. The purpose of the activity is to raise awareness of the key elements of the AML/CFT regime, investigations methods ("Follow the money trail") as well as to discuss case studies and practice investigations skills. 


Seminar on AML/CFT supervision based on risk-assessment (2-4 December 2009, Suzdal)

[9 December 2009, Strasbourg] The seminar focused on the issues of efficiency of the RBA supervision and further development of supervision practices. Among the participants of the seminar were Rosfinmonitoring staff, both headquarters and all interregional departments, national supervisors of the insurance and securities markets, the Assay Office, and others.


Steering Group meeting (30 November 2009, Moscow)


[25 November 2009, Strasbourg] The Project team, senior managers of Rosfinmonitoring and the Head of the Department of Information Society and Action against Crime of the Council of Europe will meet to review the activities held in 2009, lessons and outcomes thereof, as well as planning for the first half of 2010. Special attention will be paid to the issues raised by Moneyval/FATF/EAG evaluators as required by the Council of Europe 3-pillar approach that includes standard setting, monitoring and technical assistance.


Training Course on Banking Compliance (24-27 November 2009, Luxemburg)

[23 November 2009, Strasbourg] In cooperation with the Financial Technology Transfer Agency (ATTF), the Council of Europe is organising a training course, the purpose of which is to raise awareness on AML/CFT issues, to discuss practical questions of compliance and internal control and to learn international benchmarking practices. The course is aimed at representatives of Russian banks and of the International Training Center for Financial Monitoring; it is the second of the two courses designed to embrace most of the banking industry in Russia.


International Conference on Countering Laundering of Proceeds from Illegal Use of Natural Resources: timber and sea resources (24-25 November 2009, Murmansk)

[23 November 2009, Strasbourg] The purpose of the Conference is to improve both inter-agency and international cooperation in the North West Federal District of Russia. This is one of the series of events held in the regions of the country in cooperation with the Rosfinmonitoring interregional offices. Each activity focuses specifically on the topics of the utmost concern in the region where it takes place.


International AML Conference of the Banking Associations (10-11 November 2009, Budapest)

[16 November 2009, Strasbourg] The MOLI-RU2 team leader took part in the International AML Conference of the Banking Associations for Central and Eastern Europe. He made a presentation on the Project, it's main goal and the results up to date, with the view to contributing to the visibility of the Project and of the Council of Europe's work in this sector.


EAG International Seminar on Banking Supervision (2-3 November 2009, Chisinau)

[9 November 2009, Strasbourg] The MOLI-RU2 Project has contributed to this event that discussed the issues of countering money laundering and terrorist financing in the countries of the Eurasian Group (EAG), by providing two key speakers. The experts presented the issues of banking supervision from the FIU and the industry perspective. Their audience comprised representatives of Financial Intelligence Units and supervisors of the banking industry in the EAG member-states.


Training course on banking compliance (27-30 October 2009, Luxemburg) 

[27 October 2009, Strasbourg] In cooperation with the Financial Technology Transfer Agency (ATTF), the Council of Europe is organising a training course on banking compliance and related issues. The key objective is to raise awareness of the latest AML trends and typologies, to discuss laws, regulations and the role of the private sector in countering money laundering. The course is aimed at senior AML/TF compliance officers of the largest Russian banks, such as AlfaBank, Gazprombank, VTB, etc. and staff of the Training and Methodological center of Financial Monitoring (Russia). This is the first course of the two to be organised in Luxemburg in cooperation with the ATTF.



International seminar for detectives specialising on AML and terrorist-financing offences (21-22 October 2009, Nizhny Novgorod)

[14 October 2009, Strasbourg] This international seminar was held at the Nizhny Novgorod Academy of the Ministry of Interior. The target audience was (senior) detective officers for most serious crimes, in particular those specialising in the investigation of money-laundering offences and offences providing an economic basis for terrorism. The purpose of the event was to discuss the key elements of an anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regime, present investigation methods (following the money trail) and provide useful information on financial institutions.


Regional Rosfinmonitoring seminar (2-3 April 2009, Ekaterinburg)

[30 March 2009, Strasbourg] The MOLI-RU2 Project held a two-day seminar for the Rosfinmonitoring office in the Ural Federal District and their partners in law enforcement and supervisory agencies. The seminar focused on countering corruption as well as combating laundering of corruption proceeds and was made of presentations, Q&A sessions and round-table discussions. Both international and national representatives from the General Prosecutor's Office, Ministry of the Interior, Regional Court, etc, took part in the seminar.

Actual problems of fighting crime in Siberian territory (19-20 February 2009, Krasnoyarsk)

[9 February 2009, Strasbourg] An International Conference on fighting crime in the Siberian region was organised in cooperation with the Siberian Law Institute of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian federation and supported by the Main Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior in the Siberian Federal District and the Regional Administration. The conference focused on the criminal situation in the region, on legal, tactic and procedural issues of fighting crime and related aspects. Particular attention was paid to countering corruption and terrorism financing. The programme comprised plenary sessions for discussion of general issues and more focused workshops to cover specific aspects in more detail.


The Federal Financial Monitoring Service of Russia to visit the Czech FIU (11-14 November 2008, Czech Republic)

[7 November 2008, Strasbourg] The Project organised a study visit for 13 supervisors and analysts from the Russian Federal Financial Monitoring Service to the Czech FIU. The visit focused on supervision over gambling industry in view of the upcoming reform in that sector in Russia. The participants discussed the issues related to reporting and inspection of companies in the industry. The program also included visits to several reporting institutions in the gambling sector.

MOLI-RU2 : 3rd Steering Group Meeting (10 November 2008, Moscow)

[7 November 2008, Strasbourg] The purpose of the meeting was to assess the project’s achievements, to revise the work plan for the period of January-June 2009 in order to adapt it to the current needs and priorities of the beneficiary as well as with regard to the results of the MONEYVAL/FATF/EAG mutual evaluation report of the Russian Federation.

Combating the Financing of Terrorism (1-3 October 2008, Davos)

[29 September 2008, Strasbourg] This seminar on countering terrorist financing was organised by Basel Institute of Governance. The main topics on the agenda were the intelligence gathering, the cooperation between law enforcement bodies and private sector, and the use of modern technology. The Project provided for participation of the representatives of Rosfinmonitoring and General Prosecutor’s office.

Agenda: English / Russian

Series of seminars for interregional offices

[29 September 2008, Strasbourg] The MOLI-RU2 project launched a series of seminars for the interregional offices of Rosfinmonitoring, law enforcement bodies and private sector. These seminars were held in each Federal District of Russia. There were organised two consecutive seminars each time: the first was aimed at enhancing cooperation between FIU and LEA, the second was to cover the issues of financial sector regulation practices. The first seminar took place on 21-22 October in Suzdal for the Central federal district.

Press release (seminar in N. Novgorod) in Russian
Press release (seminar in Barnaul) in Russian

Joint meeting of the Legal Working Group and the AML Inter-Agency commission (4-5 September 2008, St Petersburg)

[1 September 2008, Strasbourg] The participants of this joint meeting of the Legal Working Group and the Inter-Agency Commission on money laundering and terrorist financing and its advisory board discussed the priority issues for the project’s beneficiary as defined by them with a focus on the best international practice as well as the general findings of FATF Mutual Evaluation Report of Russia.

Agenda: English / Russian
Press release in Russian

International Conference in Nizhny Novgorod (26-28 June 2008, Nizhny Novgorod)

[27 June 2008, Strasbourg] An international conference “Legalization of illegally gained proceeds as a threat to economic security of Russia; Harmonization of international and national legal AML mechanisms” was held together with the Academy of the Ministry of Interior, the principal institution for training AML/TF specialists in Russia. The meeting focused on the issues of cooperation between the FIUs and the law-enforcement agencies, confiscation and related issues and use of offshore financial centers for laundering illegal proceeds. The conference gathered  the representatives from all over Russia, both the practitioners from the law-enforcement agencies, judiciary and General Prosecutor’s offices and academia.

Agenda: English / Russian

Round table on anti-corruption expertise (24-25 June 2008, Moscow)

[27 June 2008, Strasbourg] An international round-table discussion on ensuring that the legislative process in Russia, eastern Europe and in Asia is not vulnerable to corruption took place to discuss techniques for assessing the corruption risks to laws.

Agenda: English / Russian
List of participants: Russian
Note to editors: English / Russian

Seminar on Supervision Activities in St Petersburg (15-16 May 2008, St. Petersburg)

[19 May 2008, Strasbourg] A seminar on further improvement of supervision was organised to ensure better coordination between Rosfinmonitoring and other supervisors for Anti-Money Laundering purposes, share best practice between departments of Rosfinmonitoring Head Quarters and the interregional offices and discuss the supervision of gaming/gambling business.

Activities on confiscation procedures (21-22 April, Moscow)

[23 April 2008, Strasbourg] Two seminars on confiscation procedures took place at the premises of the General Prosecutor’s Office and the State Duma. The meetings brought together representatives from different governmental and non-governmental bodies to discuss various aspects of confiscation both in Russia and abroad, in particular the experience of the United Kingdom and Italy to be looked into.

Agenda: English / Russian

6th International Conference at the Association of Russian Banks (29 April 2008, Mosow)

[30 April 2008, Strasbourg] The 6th International Conference “Cooperation of self-regulating organisations and supervising authorities in combating money laundering and terrorist financing” was held at the association of russian banks. The conference focused on the response of industry to the new regulations and the international approaches to money laundering.

Agenda : English / Russian

Meeting in Moscow (18-19 March 2008, Moscow)

[20 March 2008, Strasbourg] The international experts from Sweden, UK and a representative from Europol shared their knowledge with the staff of Rosfinmonitoring and law enforcement agencies of the Central Federal District on the new trends in money laundering and terrorist financing. 

Agenda: English / Russian

MOLI RU2 Start-Up conference (24 May 2007, Moscow)

[28 May 2007, Strasbourg] The Start-Up conference of the Follow-up Project against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the Russian Federation (MOLI-RU-2) took place at the premises of the EC Delagation and was attended by the representatives of the Delegation of the European Commission in Moscow, Council of Europe and key Russian institutions, such as Federal Service for Financial Monitoring (Rosfinmonitoring) ; Ministry of Interior; Ministry of foreign Affairs; Federal Security Service; General Prosecutor’s Office; Central Bank; as well as the representatives of the judiciary, supervisors and regulators of the financial and legal services sectors.

The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to the prevention and control of money laundering and terrorist financing in the Russian Federation in accordance with European and other international standards and best practices.

Конференция, посвященная открытию проекта-продолжения по противодействию легализации (отмыванию) преступных доходов и финансированию терроризма в Российской Федерации (MOLI-RU-2) пройдет 23 мая в представительстве Европейской Комисии в Москве. В конференции примут участие представители Делегации Европейской Комиссии в Москве, Совета Европы, представители ключевых российских ведомств: Федеральной службы по финансовому мониторингу (Росфинмониторинг); Министерства внутренних дел (МВД), Министерства иностранных дел (МИД), Федеральной службы Безопасности (ФСБ), Генеральной прокуратуры, судебных органов, Центробанка и финансового и регулирующего секторов.

Общая цель Проекта – содействовать предотвращению и контролю над легализацией (отмыванием) преступных доходов и финансированием терроризма в Российской Федерации в соответствии с Европейским и другими международными стандартами, а также передовым опытом.