Independence vital for Russia's central bank - PM

RUSSIA - Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said the Central Bank of Russia must be independent.

He told journalists on Saturday that the government "has had and will have a consistent position that the Central Bank must not be controlled by any other body".

"The government will defend this position in a consistent and strict way", he added.

At the same time, he admitted the need to "increase control over the Central Bank's operational expenses. However "this control must not be used as a means of

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