Siberian Customs Administration

Irkutsk customs officers uncovered 20 million rubles worth of timber smuggling

Published: June 10, 2024 07:40

Officers of the Irkutsk customs revealed new episodes of timber smuggling by an organized criminal group, whose activities were stopped by customs officers in October 2023. Five criminal cases were brought against the defendants for illegal export of timber and legalization of timber purchase on the domestic market

The illegal activity of the OCG, consisting of two residents of the Irkutsk region and other persons, is connected with the export to China from July 2017 to January 2018 of almost 3 thousand cubic meters of softwood lumber for 20 million rubles. For this purpose, the suspects purchased timber of illegal origin on the domestic market using fictitious sale and purchase agreements.

According to the investigation, the suspects purchased timber of illegal origin using fictitious sale and purchase agreements

The Irkutsk Customs initiated three criminal cases against the organized group under part 3 of article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (on the fact of illegal movement of strategically important goods – timber – across the customs border of the EAEU) and two criminal cases under part 4 of article 174.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (on the fact of legalization of timber by an organized group)

A measure of restraint in the form of signature on not leaving the country has been chosen for the members of the organized crime group. The investigation is continuing

In 2024 alone, Irkutsk customs initiated 10 criminal cases against Russian citizens for the smuggling of timber.

In 2024, Irkutsk customs initiated 10 criminal cases against Russian citizens

The Irkutsk Customs helpline is (3952) 230-668

Yulia Menshikova,

Irkutsk Customs spokeswoman

Irkutsk Customs

(3952) 261-578