Mar 8, 2007

Corruption in the UN...

...and yes, by a Russian...two least

UN DIPLOMAT CONVICTED FOR MONEY LAUNDERING. On March 7, the U.S. Federal District Court in New York found Vladimir Kuznetsov guilty of laundering over $300,000 to help companies win contracts related tothe UN's former oil-for-food program in Iraq. Kuznetsov was a Russian Foreign Ministry official who headed a powerful UN General Assembly budgetary committee prior to his arrest in 2005. He will be sentenced on June 25 and could face up to 20 years in prison. Kuznetsov's partner in the bribe-taking exercise was Aleksandr Yakovlev, a former UN procurement officer with a Russian diplomatic passport. He pleaded guilty in August 2005 to taking over $1 million in bribes and helped U.S. government officials uncover the extent of the scheme.

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