Urals Customs Administration

Yugra resident given three years’ probation for wanting to lose weight

Published: June 6, 2024 08:19

Slimming pills containing the potent substance sibutramine were found by Tyumen customs officers in an international mail shipment from Kazakhstan

A 46-year-old resident of Nizhnevartovsk turned out to be a victim of stereotypes about a slim body. the woman ordered 384 capsules worth 8 thousand rubles through an online store. Customs officers detained her at the moment of receiving the parcel. The operation was carried out jointly with officers of the drug trafficking control department of the Nizhnevartovsk Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia

Expert analysis found that the drugs contained the potent substance sibutramine with a total mass of 124.1 grams

The woman did not admit guilt in committing the crime. According to her, she expected to lose weight when she bought the pills. She placed an order on one of the sites, where the seller offered the most favorable price. Thus, when ordering four drugs, the fifth was a gift with free delivery.

According to her, she ordered the pills from one of the websites where the seller offered the most favorable price

The fact of smuggling of a potent substance, the Tyumen customs officers initiated a criminal case under part 1 of article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The court sentenced her to 3 years of suspended imprisonment with a probation period of 1 year

Before placing an order from another country, study the composition of medicines, biologically active additives. Some of them are freely sold abroad, but are prohibited for importation into Russia. For advice you can contact the customs authorities or familiarize yourself with the rules of movement of such goods on the website of the Federal Customs Service of Russia,” said Grigory Ksenofontov, acting deputy head of Tyumen customs


The illegal movement across the state border of the Russian Federation (customs border of the EAEU) of potent substances (including in the form of medicines and biologically active supplements) may be qualified as a crime under Article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“smuggling of potent substances”). This article provides for a maximum penalty of up to 12 years’ imprisonment with a fine of up to 1 million rubles or in the amount of the convicted person’s income for a period of up to 5 years

Maria Kudryashova, press secretary of Tyumen customs