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The great Moldovan bank robbery

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It’s a mystery that’s thrown Europe’s poorest nation into deep crisis – $1bn has vanished from three of Moldova’s leading banks, much of it passing through UK companies. A confidential report has blamed 28-year-old businessman, Ilan Shor, but in an exclusive BBC interview he proclaims his innocence.

Ilan Shor isn’t tall. So his personal assistant keeps telling him to adjust his posture, so that the deep cream leather armchair he’s sitting in doesn’t appear to swallow him up. That wouldn’t make good photos. But Shor doesn’t really succeed in conveying an air of gravitas – partly because with his round, lightly bearded face, he looks even younger than his 28 years.

It’s hard to believe, looking at him, the scale of the allegations he faces. A report by the private international investigation agency Kroll, leaked by the speaker of Moldova’s parliament, suggests he was the prime co-ordinator and beneficiary of a bafflingly complex web of transactions that pushed three leading banks to the verge of collapse.read more here

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