Border guards in South Ossetia stopped an attempt to smuggle cigarettes to Georgia for more than 200 thousand rubles

Fri, 14/05/2021 - 16:35

The KGB of South Ossetia has recorded the intensification of smuggling activities across the state border of South Ossetia with Georgia, despite the current restrictions related to measures to counter the spread of coronavirus infection. This is stated in the message of the special services, circulated on Friday.

“In particular, on April 27 in the vicinity of N of the village of Khelchua of the Tskhinval district, officers of the Border Guard Service of the Committee, in cooperation with the servicemen of the Border Department of the FSB of Russia, suppressed an attempt to illegally export to Georgia a consignment of Manchester cigarettes worth more than 200,000 rubles,” the KGB reported.

The press service has noted that for violating the state border regime, the detainee was brought to administrative responsibility with the confiscation of the seized contraband.

“According to the available data, the specified illegal traffic of tobacco products is controlled by the Georgian special services, which are interested in the implementation of illegal actions by the residents of the Republic of South Ossetia, eroding the regime of the state border of the Republic and contributing to the spread of new strains of coronavirus infection on the territory of South Ossetia,” the special service has noted.

The KGB has reminded that violations of the legislation of the Republic of South Ossetia related to the smuggling of alcoholic beverages and (or) tobacco products entail not only administrative, but also criminal liability provided for in Article 200.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

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