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Angara Resident Facing Prosecution for Smuggling Timber Worth 350 Million Rubles

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Irkutsk, March 11 – The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Interior, Irina Volk, said that in the Angara region, a local resident will be prosecuted for smuggling wood worth 350 million rubles.
A resident of the Irkutsk region is accused of smuggling strategically important resources, illegally obtaining and selling lumber. According to investigators, in August 2014, the director of one of the companies in Irkutsk, whose activities are related to wholesale trade in wood products, concluded a contract with a foreign company for the sale of timber. He bought timber harvested illegally in the region, which, according to fictitious documents, was illegally exported to East Asia. Initially, he transported 4.5 thousand cubic meters of timber worth 19 million rubles abroad through the Irkutsk customs post.
“Over the next two years, using the same criminal scheme, he received more than 330 million rubles of illegal income. In total, more than 84 thousand cubic meters of timber were smuggled from the Russian Federation,” said Irina Volk.

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The defendant also illegally reimbursed more than 4.5 million rubles of VAT from the budget by submitting false documents to the tax office.
Currently, the criminal case against the previously convicted 64-year-old head of the company has been transferred by the prosecutor’s office to the Kirovsky District Court of Irkutsk.

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