30 April, 2021
A delegation of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service of the Russian Federation (Rosfinmonitoring) headed by Yury Chikhanchin visited the Republic of Belarus on April 26-28, 2021.
On April 27, 2021, EAG Chairman Yury Chikhanchin took part in the first meeting of the Interdepartmental commission on combating money laundering, financing of terrorism and financing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (AML/CFT/PF) established in the Republic of Belarus in March 2021.
The meeting of the Interdepartmental commission was chaired by the Chairman of the State Control Committee Vasily Gerasimov. He noted that the creation of such an interagency commission is another step to improve the national AML/CFT legislation, to enhance the effectiveness of the national anti-money laundering system, as well as to perform other activities aimed at its compliance with international AML/CFT standards.
In 2019 Belarus defended the report on compliance of the national anti-money laundering system with the FATF standards. At present the work on finalizing the action plan to address the deficiencies identified in the course of the assessment is being completed. This plan, taking into account the proposals of interested agencies, is planned to be approved at the next meeting of the Interdepartmental AML/CFT commission.
A similar interdepartmental commission was established in the Russian Federation in 2016. It is headed by Yury Chikhanchin, Director of Rosfinmonitoring. The Commission acts as a coordinating body to ensure coordinated action of the public authorities and organizations in the field of AML/CFT.
Yury Chikhanchin informed the participants of the meeting on the experience of the Russian Interdepartmental commission, as well as on the current risks and threats related to money laundering and terrorist financing.
Views and experience in combating money laundering and financing of terrorist activities were exchanged. Special attention was paid to the issues of compliance with international standards of FATF (Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering), improvement of AML/CFT legislation, training and strengthening of human and technical capacity of anti-money laundering systems of Belarus and Russia and exchange of best practices.
As a result of the meeting the Secretariat of the Interdepartmental AML/CFT commission was approved, which included representatives of the state bodies and the Administration of the High-Tech Park, constituting the national anti-money laundering system of Belarus.