Far Eastern Customs Administration

Nakhodka customs: Russian woman faces criminal punishment for illegal import of cigarettes on a ship

Published: May 7, 2024 03:42

6600 cigarettes were attempted to be illegally imported from abroad by a Russian citizen. The crime was detected by Nakhodka customs officers on a mother ship arriving from the Republic of Korea

While customs clearance of the vessel, which is at the roadstead in the waters of the seaport of Nakhodka, in  one of the cabins Nakhodka customs officers found 33 blocks of tobacco products (a total of 6600 cigarettes). Cigarettes of American Legend and King trademarks were tried to hide from customs control by a Russian citizen – a member of the crew. In a simplified procedure, without declaration and payment of customs duties, an individual can import 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars

According to the expert’s conclusion, the total market value of tobacco products found by customs officers amounted to almost 120 thousand rubles

In the course of operational and investigative measures, sufficient data confirming the fact of committing a deliberate crime by a citizen of the Russian Federation were established, which made it possible to initiate a criminal case

Anton Shushin, deputy head of Nakhodkinsk customs for law enforcement, explained that from April 1, 2024, changes were made to the List of strategically important goods and resources for the purposes of Article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, as well as on the definition of types of strategically important goods and resources, for which a large size is recognized as a value exceeding 100 thousand rubles.

In particular, tobacco products worth more than 100 thousand rubles were added to the List

The Nakhodka Customs Office initiated a criminal case against a Russian citizen under Part 1 of Article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for illegal transportation of strategically important goods across the customs border in a large amount. She faces up to 5 years in prison



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