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
"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
"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