Central Customs Administration

Seized 2.3 million packs of cigarettes and fish products weighing 15 tons: Smolensk customs on the results of the work of mobile groups

Published: May 17, 2024 10:00

Mobile groups of Smolensk customs revealed in Q1 of 2024 263 commodity consignments moved with various kinds of violations. As a result of their work in cooperation with regulatory authorities, 4 criminal cases and 129 cases of administrative offenses were initiated

An important area of work of Smolensk customs officers is to control the movement of tobacco products. In 2024, 2.3 million packs of illegal cigarettes were detected. According to preliminary estimates, the total value of the detained goods exceeds 296 million rubles. Two criminal cases under Article 171.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation have been opened.

“As a result of cooperation between mobile groups and law enforcement units of the customs, two criminal cases were initiated under Article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for smuggling of strategically important resources – shellfish and fish products with a total weight of more than 15 tons”, – said the head of Smolensk customs Rustam Yakubov.

Smolensk customs chief Rustam Yakubov

In the domestic market, the results of the measures revealed violations of Russian legislation, expressed in the storage and sale of 4.7 thousand units of products (cigarettes, liquids for electronic nicotine delivery systems, including nicotine-free) not labeled with mandatory means of identification. The materials were transferred to the police for procedural decisions in accordance with the law


The main task of the Smolensk Customs Import and Turnover Control Department is to prevent illegal movement of goods subject to restrictive measures, taking into account the geographical location and specifics of the section of the Russian-Belarusian border. The main role in this work is played by mobile groups, which are part of the OCWOT

Vitaly Shabanov,

Smolensk customs spokesman

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