North-West Customs Administration

Customs officers and police seized another batch of illegal cigarettes at a market in St. Petersburg

Published: February 20, 2024 09:47

A batch of unlabeled tobacco products of foreign origin was found during a customs inspection of a warehouse in St. Petersburg. More than 43,000 packs of cigarettes were seized.

Officers of St. Petersburg Customs and the Department of Internal Affairs of the Frunzensky District of St. Petersburg conducted a customs inspection of a warehouse on the territory of a market complex in St. Petersburg

The inspection revealed tobacco products without excise stamps and means of identification. According to the information on the packages, the cigarettes were produced in the UAE, the Republic of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Germany and Switzerland.

The total number of unmarked tobacco products found amounted to 43,400 packs of cigarettes

The owners of the premises were unable to provide documents confirming the legality of importation and turnover of tobacco products. 

– The unlabeled cigarettes were seized by officials of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and will be sent for examination, –   Denis Ignatyev, deputy head of St. Petersburg Customs, said. –  The issue of initiating criminal proceedings under Article 171.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (storage and sale of unlabeled tobacco products) is being decided. 

Pavel Gusev,
press-secretary of St. Petersburg Customs
tel. (812) 777-93-78