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 Large-scale smuggling shut off in Kharkiv region. PHOTOS

In the Kharkiv region, tax police officers together with border guards and prosecutor's office shut off a major illegal flow of goods from Ukraine to the Russian Federation.

As reported by Censor.NET, this is announced by the authority's press-service.

It has been established that during 2014-2015 a citizen of Ukraine was arranging illegal movement of goods including those excise across the customs border of Ukraine to the territory of Russia. The goods were ordered by Internet shops. Such actions resulted in massive tax evasion.

As reported, the illegal scheme was possible due to an organized criminal group composed of more than 15 people from among the citizens of Ukraine - Kharkiv residents and citizens of the Russian Federation.

During the first stage of the operation, in the area between the villages of Rublene and Kreidianka in the Kharkiv region, two UAZ vehicles with consumer goods were detained by tax police and border guards while trying to illegally cross the state border in the direction of Russia moving in the so-called "greenery". One of the vehicles was driven by the group's leader. During the arrest, law enforcers had to use arms.

The operatives searched the offenders' homes, cars and a warehouse. As a result, they found parts of military devices worth more than 1 million UAH (about $47,760), consumer goods intended for smuggling to Russia worth 3.5 million UAH (about $163,663), two UAZ vehicles, $13,000 in cash, as well as bank cards, draft notes of smuggled goods movement and cash transactions, copies of payment documents of Russian banks, computer equipment.

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Also, three border guards involved in the activities were exposed with corresponding materials having been sent to the Kharkiv region prosecutor's office. The group's leader is under arrest.

Investigation is underway.

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