Police protected counterfeit alcohol sellers for several years 

Police protected counterfeit alcohol sellers for several years
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In total, about 30 thousand bottles with counterfeit vodka worth more than 2 million rubles ($29,880) have been found in retail outlets and warehouses.

In Nefteyugansk, investigators have exposed a criminal scheme for the sale of counterfeit vodka. An ethnic group consisting of seven natives of Central Asia led by Head of the national diaspora Arifdzhon Khudayarov would sell illegal vodka in 22 stores that did not have a license to sell alcohol.

Depending on the role of each of them, they have been charged with committing of crimes under items ‘a’ and ‘b’ part 6 of Art. 171 and items ‘a’ and ‘b’ part 2 of Art. 171.3 of the Russian Criminal Code (Storage, Transportation for Sale, and Sale of Unmarked Alcohol Products).

During questioning, members of the OCG said that Khudayarov had connections in law enforcement agencies, so sellers and owners of outlets were often not brought to justice, and counterfeit alcohol was either not withdrawn, or returned to the store after a while.

The press service of the MIA General Administration in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District said that two employees, in respect of whom proceedings are conducted, have been dismissed from the internal affairs. Criminal cases have been initiated against them, the investigation into which is ongoing.

In total, about 30 thousand bottles with counterfeit vodka worth more than 2 million rubles ($29,880) have been found in retail outlets and warehouses. According to the results of chemical examinations, it was established that the products contain fusel oils, technical impurities, and methanol.

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