FSB neutralizes large gang of arms dealers, over 180 firearms seized in 21 regions  

FSB neutralizes large gang of arms dealers, over 180 firearms seized in 21 regions
Photo: Russian FSB

Police came with a search warrant to 62 people in regions stretching from the central part of Russia to the Urals. Eight workshops for arms manufacture and modernization have been closed. The detainees are also suspected of smuggling weapons from Ukraine.

The FSB reported that 181 firearms of foreign and Russian production were seized during the searches, as well as components for the manufacture of another two hundred. Among the weapons were 11 assault rifles and 10 submachine guns, 121 pistols and a revolver, 38 rifles and carbines, and a Kalashnikov machine gun. In addition, more than 7.000 munitions and 18 kilograms of explosives were found.

The criminal case is yet to be initiated. The agency is establishing the likely criminal ties of the detainees, including foreign ones. Also, the FSB is checking weather the gunsmiths are involved in other crimes committed in the country.

In August, the FSB stopped the activities of a group that had been manufacturing and selling weapons in central Russia and the Urals. Two gang members were detained while trying to sell the firearms. A search in their houses revealed 22 units of Russian and foreign-made weapons, 150 units of ammunition, as well as equipment and parts for the manufacture of firearms and ammunition. Apart from the weapons, the detainees had trophies from the Second World War: a German military uniform and helmets.

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