Southern Customs Administration

Rostov customs officers have opened a criminal case for evading customs payments of about 3 million rubles

Published: May 15, 2024 10:12 AM

The crime was committed by an organized crime group. Its members crossed the border through the customs checkpoints Matveev Kurgan and Adler and purchased alcohol and cigarettes in DUTY FREE stores, allegedly “for personal use” (an average of 700 bottles and 300 cartons of cigarettes per week). The alcohol and cigarettes, imported without customs declaration and payment of customs duties, were then taken to warehouses of the group’s organizers and sold in the Rostov region

The results of the customs inspection revealed that with the help of this scheme the organizers evaded customs payments in the amount of about 3 million rubles. On this fact, the service for the city of Taganrog Rostov Customs initiated criminal proceedings under Part 4 of Article 194 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (evasion of customs payments, special, anti-dumping and (or) countervailing duties levied on an individual, committed on a large scale by an organized group). This crime is punishable by imprisonment for a term of seven to twelve years with a fine of up to one million rubles or in the amount of wages or other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years or without it and with or without restraint of liberty for a term of up to two years

Rostov customs officers had earlier initiated two criminal cases against the same group of persons under part 3 of article 200.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – smuggling of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products committed by an organized group on a large scale.

Anna Pomazkova

Rostov Customs

Press Secretary

tel. (863) 218-02-78