The leadersof Russia’s largest banks met near Moscow July 25 to express theirconcerns about the rising number of unsolved murders of bankersin the Russian Federation, NTV reported. (There have been over400 assaults on Russian bankers since January 1995, Interfax reportedJuly 26.) The bankers complained that the authorities had notdone enough to protect them or to solve these cases. The televisionstation reported that there are now more than 30,000 private securityguards protecting Moscow’s banks and that these guards are paid$8-15 an hours, an astronomical sum by Russian standards.
Suicides, Murders and General Crime All Going Up in Russia.