Index

DATE=9/14/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=RUSSIA / FBI (L-O)
NUMBER=2-266500
BYLINE=EVE CONANT
DATELINE=MOSCOW
CONTENT=

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INTRO: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis
Freeh is visiting Russia to boost law enforcement
cooperation between the countries. Moscow
Correspondent Eve Conant reports the F-B-I is
assisting Russia with an investigation into an early
August bomb blast in Moscow, which killed 13-people
and injured 100.

TEXT: F-B-I Director Louis Freeh told a news
conference that bilateral relations with Russian
security agencies are extremely important for the
United States. He said both countries are focusing
efforts on fighting international organized crime and
terrorism.

At a joint news conference with Russia's Interior
Minister, Mr. Freeh said the F-B-I is offering
assistance to Russian law enforcement agencies in
carrying out expert examination of evidence collected
at the site of a Moscow bomb blast in early August.

Russian officials have said the fatal bombing was most
likely linked either to Chechen terrorists, or to
organized crime.

Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo said the United
States and Russia are moving ahead with plans to set
up a joint working group to combat crime.

/// ACT RUSHAILO IN RUSSIAN IN FULL AND
FADE TO TRANSLATION ///

He says - this is a new, qualitatively new step. We
intend to establish a Russian-American group to
coordinate efforts in the most urgent spheres of anti-
criminal activity.

The Russian Interior Minister said the F-B-I and
Russian security officials are expected to start the
joint work sessions in October.

F-B-I Director Louis Freeh would not answer in detail
when asked by reporters if during his meetings, he
would raise the issue of U-S businessman Edmund Pope,
who was arrested on charges of espionage.

/// OPT ///

/// ACT FREEH ///

We will be discussing a wide range of issues.

/// END ACT ///

Mr. Pope has a rare form of cancer, and both his
family and the State Department have called for his
release from jail for medical treatment. (SIGNED)

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Source: Voice of America
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