Russia’s Federal Financial Monitoring Service [Rosfinmonitoring] in cooperation with the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Interior Ministry and the Bank of Russia stopped the operation of 27 "shadow" money transit sites in 2018, head of the service Yury Chikhanchin said this at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, TASS reported.
"Only in 2018 we managed to close 27 shadow sites, which was our joint work with the FSB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Bank of Russia. The total amount of shadow funds is about 245 bln rubles ($3.7 bln)," he said.
The official stressed that over the past year there has been a significant drop in the number of suspicious transit operations.
"I would like to say that the number of transit operations has also decreased. This implies operations passing through various technical agencies. Such clean-up operations lead to concrete results," he noted.
According to the head of the service, currently, the shadow cash turnover is starting to shift from the banking sector to other sectors, in particular, to the commercial sector.
"Large stores sell goods for cash and after that they start selling it without collection of payments. Now we are dealing with this issue working together with the Central Bank and law enforcement agencies," the head of Rosfinmonitoring said.