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Group of forest smugglers caught in Transbaikalia
In the Trans-Baikal Territory, transport police caught the organizer and accomplices of a criminal community smuggling timber abroad. According to the police, they have been working since 2008 and have taken out lumber worth 690 million rubles.
According to the press service of the Russian MIA Administration for the Trans-Baikal Territory, the criminal community was organized by a businessman from Chita, a native of East Asia. He formed a group of accomplices, each with their own roles.
The participants were in charge of four divisions in Transbaikalia. The central "office" was in Chita, and the "branches" were in Sretensky, Karymsky and Khiloksky districts. Illegally harvested timber was kept in the “branches”. The parent organization, under the leadership of the group's founder, pretended to be a legitimate supply of timber overseas. The partners applied to authorized organizations, negotiated deliveries by rail, and received all the necessary documents.
According to the police, at the customs, the attackers presented documents with false information. In total, six facts of smuggling of goods worth almost 690 million rubles were revealed.
After that, they processed the VAT refund. Thus, they received more than five million rubles for 20 requests for compensation. Also, law enforcement officers have established several facts of money laundering received from illegal supplies. Thanks to this “work”, they received about 15 million rubles more.
Several criminal cases were initiated on these facts. All alleged participants were detained. During the searches, they found three pieces of firearms, more than 400 rounds of various calibers. The leader of the criminal group is in custody, the other two are under house arrest. Five more defendants under recognizance not to leave.