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E0700243 2: Former Russian U.N. official convicted of money laundering The Associated Press Published: March 7, 2007 Source: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/07/america/NA-GEN-US-UN-Official- Conviction.php## NEW YORK: A former Russian diplomat who once chaired the powerful United Nations' budget oversight committee was convicted Wednesday of conspiring with a U.N. procurement officer to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars from foreign companies seeking U.N. contracts. Vladimir Kuznetsov, 49, was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering by a jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan after less than a day of deliberations. Kuznetsov was charged in 2005 after an internal U.N. investigation of Alexander Yakovlev, a Russian who worked in the U.N. procurement office. Yakovlev pleaded guilty in federal court in 2005 to soliciting a bribe, wire fraud and money laundering. Both men face up to 20 years in prison. As part of a cooperation deal, Yakovlev had admitted accepting nearly $1 million (€760,000) in bribes from U.N. contractors. He testified against Kuznetsov.
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