MIL OSI – Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Over 30 tons of counterfeit alcoholic drinks were removed from illegal trafficking in Irkutsk Region
In the Angara District, the police and the regional FSB Administration curbed criminal activities of a group of persons who had organized a channel for supplying and selling adulterated alcohol in the region.
As a result of the investigation and search measures, over 25 containers of alcohol-containing products, including of expensive premium brands, were removed from illegal trafficking. The total amount of the detected illegal alcoholic beverages approximated 300 tons, over 120 thousand liters of which were packed in glass bottles with forged excise stamps. The remaining part of the counterfeit products was stored in violation of the effective alcohol regulation laws.
Employees of the Administration for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption of the Russian MIA General Administration for the Irkutsk Region detected multiple boxes with vodka, cognac and liqueurs in warehouses of an industrial facility in Ust-Kut. In the course of the check, the police established that alcoholic products packed in 0.25 to 1 liter bottles with federal special marks having signs of counterfeit were stored in the two warehouses. That was confirmed by the expert examination performed at the Forensic Center of the Russian MIA General Administration for the Irkutsk Region. Samples of the confiscated liquid were also forwarded for examination to assess its quality. The investigation bodies have information that a part of the seized products should have been supplied to the neighboring region – Sakha (Yakutia) Republic.
Investigators of Division “Ust-Kutsky” of the Russian MIA initiated a criminal case based on essential elements of a crime stipulated by Part 6 Article 171.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Production, purchase, storage, transportation or sale of goods and products without marking committed in an especially large amount”.
The police are currently carrying out additional search operations aimed to identify the organizers involved in the distribution of the detected counterfeit alcoholic drinks.