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On October 6 1999 the news hour with Jim Lehrer air a focus topic called Following the Money This focus discussion dealt with the Russian Bank Scandal This scandal deals with the transfer of about seven billions dollars out of the Bank of New York to companies with Russian associations Robert OHarrow a banking expert for the Washington Post believes that this scandal will become a serious policy issue Base on his conclusion of this becoming a serious problem one may see that there are problems in the banking structure of the United States In fact there has to be a problem when seven billion dollars of transions are made to foreign soils and no one throws up a red flag One may also conclude that this scandal reaches further that the banking structure The question must be ask Where is all this money coming from This money could be money that was given by the International Monetary Fund to help rebuild the fallen Russian economy That money could now be being used to support criminal activities As we see now this could be not only an international problem but a domestic problem also In todays warfare the victor is left in rebuilding the fallen enemy In this case the United States won the cold war and is now left to pay the bill for rebuilding Russia The money that is being use comes directly from taxpayers I believe that this is the reason why Mr OHarrow believes this will have a serious effect on policy decision If the money that is supposed to help the Russian people is being for wrongdoing and the Russians are behind this the scandal could have a serious effect on US and Russian relations Policy makers will be force to make changes in the methods it helps Russian during this time of need This scandal can be serious external triggering mechanism With the scandal dealing largely
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