Alexander Torshin, deputy chairman of Russia's Central Bank, has questioned the facts behind a Bloomberg report accusing him of assisting the Taganskaya crime syndicate.
"There is nothing to comment on as there are no facts. Our conversation with the Bloomberg correspondent took three hours, and I was pretty clear," said Torshin in an interview with radio station Govorit Moskva on Aug. 10.
"The verdict regarding the case of businessman Romanov contains nothing about me or the crime syndicate. Well, there appears a confidential report that no one has seen. Now, why haven’t they filed a charge?" he said.
"There is not a single fact," said Torshin.
Earlier on Aug. 9, the Bloomberg news agency referred to a Spanish National Guard confidential report and reported that Torshin had allegedly instructed members of the Moscow-based Taganskaya crime syndicate on how to launder ill-gotten gains through banks and properties in Spain while he was a deputy speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament.
Torshin had worked in the Federation Council - the upper house of the Russian parliament - for 14 years. He has served as deputy chairman of the Bank of Russia since Jan. 2015.
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