North-West Customs Administration

A German citizen tried to bribe a Pskov customs officer

Published: June 3, 2024 10:15 AM

At the Burachki checkpoint on the Russian-Latvian border, Pskov customs officers detained a citizen of the Federal Republic of Germany who offered them a bribe for the illegal import of goods.

The man was entering the Russian Federation driving a minibus. in the vehicle there were things (carpets, clothes, household items and others) in the amount exceeding the established norms of duty-free import. The driver offered a bribe of 100 euros and 100 U.S. dollars to the customs officer in order to cross the border freely – without proper customs declaration and payment of due customs payments

The inspector refused the bribe and immediately notified the anti-corruption unit of the fact of inducement to commit an offense.

The officer refused the bribe and immediately notified the anti-corruption unit

Criminal proceedings were initiated under part 3 of article 30 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (attempt to commit an offense) and part 3 of article 291 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (giving a bribe to a public official).

A measure of restraint in the form of house arrest was chosen against the bribe-giver

The maximum punishment for bribing an official is imprisonment for up to 8 years.

Bribing an official

Reference:in accordance with Decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission of December 20, 2017 No. 107 “On Certain Issues Related to Goods for Personal Use” (as amended by Decision of the EAEU Council of September 27, 2023. no. 94), starting from April 1, 2024, goods for personal use with a value not exceeding the equivalent of 500 euros and weighing no more than 25 kg per person are allowed to be imported duty-free into the territory of the Russian Federation by road transport.

Public Relations Department of the NWTU