Ex-Head of Vnukovo Airport customs disappears after being accused of smuggling 7 million rubles

Ex-Head of Vnukovo Airport customs disappears after being accused of smuggling 7 million rubles
The former Head of the Vnukovo Airport customs Yuri Shebunyaev (photo made in 2013)

The General Yuri Shebunyaev is one of the organizers of the so-called green route for the illegal importation of goods from Turkey to Russia.

The former Head of the customs at the Vnukovo Airport, the General Yuri Shebunyaev, who stands accused of smuggling goods from Turkey to Russia, is currently hiding from the investigation. A representative of the Moscow Investigation Department of Transport under ICR Tatyana Morozova told Interfax that Shebunyaev would be on the international wanted list.

The official claims that Shebunyaev fled in an unknown direction back in July 2016, and later sent a letter of resignation to the customs service. In August, he was charged in absentia with Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 286 of the Criminal Code) and put on the federal wanted list. Now, however, the investigation plans to put him on the international wanted list.

Shebunyaev is likely hiding in the Netherlands,  sources of Life report.

Previously, the CrimeRussia informed that a few officials had been detained in Moscow this April on suspicions of abuse of office. They were acting deputy head of Vnukovo customs and head of the Vnukovo customs post Roman Kurzenkov, the Acting Head of the department of special customs procedures № 4 Mikhail Fast, the Deputy Head of the special customs procedures № 3 Alexey Plitin, and the Chief State Customs Inspector Igor Kudryashov.

According to the investigation, Kurzenkov and other employees of Vnukovo customs organized the smuggling channel for commercial quantities of goods through the green corridor of the airport customs. The expertise established that a total of 800 kg of illegal goods worth about 7 million rubles had been imported to Russia over the period from January 7 to March 3, 2016.

Three staff members (Fast, Plitin, and Kudryashov) were arrested by the Meshchansky Court of Moscow and placed under house arrest, while Kurzenkov absconded and was put on the wanted list. Later, the court arrested the Deputy Chief of customs Vyacheslav Latskikh. At present, all four of the accused are giving the testimony, with only Plitin denying his guilt completely. Kudryashov made a deal with the investigation and signed a pre-trial agreement.

According to a source of RIA Novosti, the investigation plans to initiate several cases against direct carriers of goods for Evasion of Customs Duties (Art. 194 of the Criminal Code) and combine the whole case under the Organized Crime Group article (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code). Shortly before this case was initiated, law enforcers had arrested the police chief of Vnukovo Igor Kukushkin. He stands accused of taking a bribe worth several thousand dollars for the illegal importation of goods into Russia through the airport. However, lawyers for each of the cases have denied any connections between them.

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