Andrei Kozlov The Deputy Chief of the Russian Central Bank was assassinated last night. He was known for taking a tough line on banking violations – Russia’s banking system isn’t exactly the most reputable in the world – and it appears that one of the banks reacted badly to his activities.
Presumably the assassin believes that they will gain some breathing space for their illegal activities. I think they’ll be unpleasantly surprised.
This will be seen in part as a direct challenge to the authority President Putin, who has staked a great deal of his reputation on his ability to turn Russia into a country where the rule of law (if not democracy) is respected. Expect him to react by ordering Russia’s Central Bank to take an even harder line on banking irregularities across the board.