MIL OSI – Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Largest production of surrogate alcohol was suppressed by police in Moscow Region
In the course of a large-scale operation, servicemen of the Administration for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption of the Russian MIA General Administration for the Moscow Region together with the General Administration for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption of the Russian MIA, the Division for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption of the Russian MIA Administration for the Smolensk Region, and employees of the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation detected one of the largest illegal shops for manufacturing adulterated alcoholic products.
Within the earlier initiated criminal case on the fact of sale of counterfeit alcohol products with forged federal special excise marks in the Mytishchinsky District of the Moscow Region, the police established that the products had been manufactured in village Trufanovo of the Smolensk Region.
The police searched the rooms at the detected address and found four automated lines for bottling alcoholic beverages, two warehouses for storing end counterfeit alcohol products of famous trademarks with forged federal special excise marks, as well as fittings and empty bottles for alcohol adulteration. Besides, policemen also found draft records containing places of distribution of alcohol products.
As a result of the operations, the police removed over 500 thousand bottles of adulterated vodka, over 57 tons of alcohol-containing liquid and more than 1.5 million forged federal special marks from illegal trafficking. The produced counterfeit alcohol had been loaded into vehicles and sold in the Moscow Region, as well as in other constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Alcohol had been bottled on a 24-hour basis in two shifts by 67 natives of Central Asia. The workers could produce up to 100 thousand bottles of adulterated alcohol per day. The organizers had received multi-million income from their unlawful activity.
By now, the police have confiscated all alcohol products and alcohol-containing liquid that were detected and delivered them to a competent organization for custody. Samples of the products have been sent for examination to the forensic center to check them for safety for consumers’ health.
The police are carrying out further investigation measures to identify the organizers of the illegal production. The issue regarding initiation of a criminal case on that fact based on essential elements of a crime stipulated by Article 322.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Organization of illegal migration” is being settled.