Moscow police seize contraband goods from India, China
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Last Updated: Monday, August 03, 2009, 20:39
Moscow: Russian police have seized contraband goods worth USD 29 million from India, Afghanistan, China and Turkey from a hotel premises.

The contraband goods were manufactured in India, Afghanistan, China and Turkey and there were no covering documents to confirm the legitimacy of the presence of these goods in Russia, Department for combating economic crimes (DEB) said today.

"According to preliminary estimates, the warehouse of the hotel Sevastopolskaya contained contraband goods worth at least USD 29 million," the economic crimes department added.

As per the officials, an inspection of the goods seized ascertained that most of the clothes, accessories and perfumery products were counterfeit in their production.

DEB personnel also claimed to have stopped a large channel through which Chinese goods were smuggled into the country.

"The cargoes, cleared at customs post in the north-western and central customs zones, were brought to warehouses on the premises of the Sevastopolsksaya hotel," DEB said.

"More than ten large trucks with consumer goods arrived here daily, bringing goods for subsequent retail sales. A search of trucks found sets of forged documents which had been used in clearing the cargo at custom terminals," the DEB added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 03, 2009, 20:39

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