Police Colonel Vladimir Apultsin, deputy head of the National Central Bureau of Interpol, affiliated to the Russian Interior Ministry, announced at a Thursday briefing that Russia was taking all the necessary steps to tighten control over financial flows that could be exploited by terrorists. Apultsin said that Interpol member-nations had increased their efforts to fight crime on the financial markets following the September 11th terrorist attacks, while they had also drawn up a series of measures to destroy the "financial bases" of international terrorist organisations. Interpol and the European National Bank have an agreement on exchanging information concerning the appearance of false currency and securities on the financial markets. Apultsin pointed out that this information was extremely important in the investigation of criminal cases and special prophylactic and search operations. He also reported that more than 12,600 crimes had been registered in this area in the first 11 months of the year with forgers costing the state 358.6 million rubles. The colonel said that the majority of confiscated fakes were still $100 bills.
More than 3,500 people were detained during unprecedented mass protests that swept across all of Russia in support of Alexey Navalny on January 23