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Far East has become a leader in forest smuggling
Export of timber and timber products remains one of the criminogenic spheres in Russia. At the same time, customs officers identify the most violations in this area in the Siberian and Far Eastern departments.
According to RIA News Andrei Yudintsev, head of the State Administration for Combating Smuggling of the Federal Customs Service, last year the agency opened 206 criminal cases involving smuggling of timber worth 4,2 billion rubles, as well as 3 administrative cases.
In the Far East last year, the activities of an international criminal group involved in the smuggling of endangered Mongolian oak and Manchurian ash were suppressed. The damage to the budget amounted to 1,5 billion rubles.