Russian Federation

New Documents

The Eurasian Group on Money Laundering announced that Russia has commenced criminal proceedings against a former deputy governor of the Primorsky Kai region, Pavel Popov, for alleged money laundering.

The Federal Financial Monitoring Service of the Russian Federation, or Rosfinmonitoring, announced the signing of a cooperation and information exchange agreement with the Federal Assay Chamber covering money laundering and terrorist financing.


Enforcement Actions

The Central Bank of Russia issued a notice revoking the banking license of the Ivanova, Russia-based bank for its anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing requirements.

The Central Bank of Russia issued a warning against the Krasnodar-based bank for insufficient anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing internal controls in violation of Part 1 of Article 15.27 of the Administrative Offenses Code.

Important Facts

  • The U.S. Department of State labels the Russian Federation as a major money laundering jurisdiction. Sources of laundered funds include corruption within state officials, embezzlement of public funds, tax evasion, fraud,, and drug trafficking. Russia is a transit and destination country for international narcotics traffickers, particularly from Afghanistan. Common methods used to launder money include: foreign and national shell entities; securities instruments; virtual currencies; precious metals; domestic and foreign real estate transactions and construction; pension funds; and luxury consumer goods. Russia's cash declaration system is only applicable at the external borders of the Eurasian Economic Union, meaning that currency can move undeclared within the country's borders.  Another significant problem in the country is cybercrime since both Russian backed-hackers and organized criminal groups work together to abuse virtual currency for money laundering purposes. The country's lacking legislation on illicit finance further enables the practice, as there is currently no corporate criminal liability for money laundering in Russia and the government considers violations of AML requirements as an administrative offense subject to fines.
-Source: 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)


FATF i | 2013 Methodology

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 7 High : 2
Largely Compliant : 28 Substantial : 4
Partially Compliant : 5 Moderate : 5
Non-Compliant : 0 Low : 0


Rank : 48/129
Score : 5.75/10


Rank : 137/180
Score : 28/100

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 44/133
Score : 57/100