FATF moves to limit role of Russian Federation in organization


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FATF rescinds leadership, review roles for Russia due to Ukraine invasion

In a statement released last week, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) announced that the Russian Federation will no longer hold leadership or advisory roles in the organization due to its invasion of Ukraine.

The Paris-based intergovernmental group recommends money-laundering and counter-terror financing laws and standards for countries around the globe. The Russian Federation joined FATF’s global efforts in 2003. The statement from FATF reads as follows:

“The FATF again expresses its deepest sympathies for the people of Ukraine and continues to deplore the huge loss of life and needless destruction caused by the ongoing Russian invasion. The Russian actions run counter to the FATF core principles aiming to promote security, safety and the integrity of the global financial system. They also represent a gross violation of the commitment to international cooperation and mutual respect upon which FATF Members have agreed to implement and support the FATF Standards.

“The FATF recognises the role the Russian Federation has played in the development of the Global Network in the Eurasian region since the Russian Federation joined the FATF in 2003. However, as a result of the invasion, the FATF has decided to severely limit the Russian Federation’s role and influence within the FATF. In particular, the Russian Federation can no longer hold any leadership or advisory roles or take part in decision-making on standard-setting, FATF peer review processes, governance and membership matters. The Russian Federation can also no longer provide assessors, reviewers or other experts for FATF peer-review processes.

“The FATF will monitor the situation and consider at each of its Plenary meetings whether the grounds exist for lifting or modifying these restrictions.

“Following the statements in March and April 2022, the FATF continues to call upon all jurisdictions to remain vigilant of threats to the integrity, safety and security of the international financial system arising from the Russian Federation’s aggression in Ukraine. The FATF reiterates that all jurisdictions should be vigilant to possible emerging risks from the circumvention of measures taken in order to protect the international financial system.”

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