The scale of operations involving taking money out of Russia that banks say are suspicious amounts to around 1.5 trillion rubles a year, Rosfinmonitoring chief Yury Chikhanchin said Tuesday.

"If we are talking about what goes abroad, then banks reveal about one and a half trillion rubles per year. They think that this is [by means] of shady dealings. But I want to say that a great part of these funds return," Chikhanchin told the press.

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