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    A state-controlled Russian bank is closing down the accounts of Iranian embassy staff in Moscow in a step criticised by Ambassador Seyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi as surrendering to U.S.-led financial sanctions against Tehran.

    Sajjadi said on Friday that the shutdown had been ordered at short notice by VTB24, the retail banking arm of Russia's second-largest bank VTB, and that his own credit card had been blocked.
    http://www.*******.com/article/2012/...8E217B20120302

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    Another source:
    http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2012...ssys-accounts/

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    IMHO, this may benefit Iran more than they think. Getting them (Iran) to do the right thing, could save us a unneeded conflict and could save lives.

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    Don't get so excited. Russia didn't 'block', 'freeze' nor 'confiscate' accounts. It's just one commercial bank (albeit state owned, but NOT state-governed) decided to cease to serve a salary accounts of Iranian embassy. That's all.
    http://www.4-traders.com/BANK-VTB-OA...unts-14159561/

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    From the blog iranian ambassador:
    "On Friday, one of the directors of the bank called the embassy and expressed regret for what had happened, explaining that there was an error at the bank branch. It was agreed that on Monday at a meeting of representatives of the Embassy and the Bank of the matter is settled."
    http://sajjadi.livejournal.com/128907.html (in russian)

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