OREANDA-NEWS. 160 tons of smuggled cigarettes imported from the United Arab Emirates were seized in Moscow, the damage to the budget exceeded 450 million rubles. This was reported in the DSP of the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The message of the special service says: "The FSB of the Russian Federation in the city of Moscow has suppressed the channel of smuggling of tobacco products from Arab producers to the territory of Russia. During a special operation, the organizer of the channel, a citizen of Russia and his accomplices, were detained while selling 40 tons of contraband products on the domestic market and receiving 800 thousand rubles for it. In the course of further measures, 120 tons of contraband UAE-made tobacco products were seized at the consolidation warehouses used by him, partially moved across the Astrakhan section of the customs border, with a market value of US $ 2.4 million. "

As the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Irina Volk, clarified, the damage to the budget of the Russian Federation in the form of unpaid excise taxes, customs payments and VAT is more than 450 million rubles.

According to the FSB, a criminal case has been initiated under the articles "smuggling tobacco products", "sale of goods and products without labeling." Based on the results of the examination, a decision will be made to initiate a criminal case for evading customs payments.

According to the investigation, a 42-year-old resident of Rostov-on-Don with his accomplices transported products from the UAE, the illegal supply was carried out through the state of South-West Asia and one of the neighboring countries.