Smuggling of dual-use goods ended with a verdict

In February 2020, entered into force the verdict of Krasninsky district court of the Smolensk region on the criminal prosecution of 48-year-old citizen of the Republic of Belarus for smuggling equipment that can be used to create weapons of mass destruction.

The man, being the head of one of the Smolensk companies, concluded in 2018, the contract for the supply to Belarus of the party indicator tubes hydrogen fluoride. This product can be used at creation of weapons of mass destruction and its removal can only be done under license of the Federal service for technical control (FSTEC of Russia), of which the citizen was informed. But to maximize profits, he violated the requirements of the legislation.

Smolensk customs officers in cooperation with officers of regional government of FSB managed to solve this crime. In September 2019 Smolensk customs brought criminal case on signs of the crime provided by part 1 of article 226.1 OF THE CRIMINAL CODE.

According to the results of the trial of the criminal case, the court sentenced find the defendant guilty of committing a crime under part 1 of article 226.1 of the criminal code, and sentenced him to deprivation of liberty for a term of three years with a fine in the state income of 50 thousand rubles. In accordance with article 73 of the criminal code punished with imprisonment considered conditional with a trial period two years.

– It should be noted that this is not the only case of smuggling of dual-use goods, – said acting Deputy head of customs Alexander Krasnenkov. – So in November 2019, a citizen of Belarus tried to illegally without accompanying documents to move across the State border of the Russian Federation of 8 oxygen masks and 4 valve ventilation of the helmet.

According to the expert, these devices in civil aviation are not used and are categorized as “military equipment”. Thus, a citizen of the Republic violated Federal law from 19.07.1998 N 114-FZ (as amended on 01.05.2019) “On military-technical cooperation of Russian Federation with foreign States” and attempted smuggling of military equipment. Smolensk customs has opened a criminal case on signs of the crime provided by part 3 of article 30, part 1 of article 226.1 OF THE CRIMINAL CODE.

Sanctions of this article provide punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of three to seven years with a fine in the amount up to one million rubles or the salary or other income condemned for the period till five years or without such and with restriction of liberty for a term up to one year or without such. The final measure of punishment to the citizen, as in the previous case, the court determines.

Vladimir Safonov,
press Secretary of the Smolensk customs