Police seized nearly 400 firearms of Russian and foreign making, including 25 machine guns, 30 rifles, 70 submachine guns, a hundred carbines, shotguns and rifles, 158 pistols and revolvers, and a mortar.
In late January, an attempt to return fugitive Russian citizen Aleksander Panesh to the motherland has ended in a fiasco. This person, known in criminal and commercial circles as Sasha Gollandets (Sasha the Dutch), has been charged in Russia with swindling and bribe-giving: a few years ago, Panesh had promised to purchase a real property abroad for his acquaintance, received €5 million for that purpose, but failed to fulfil his promise. To avoid returning the money, he gave a bribe to operatives of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department to frame-up a criminal case against his creditor and fled abroad.
The sudden death of businessman Ilya Pichko further complicates the trial of St. Petersburg oligarch Dmitry Mikhalchenko. The court now has to rely on his written testimonies, which may worsen the position of some defendants.
The trial of oligarch Mikhalchenko for alcohol smuggling has begun. But during the hearings, questions have popped up not only about the further fate of the businessman but whether he still is or ever was an oligarch.
Sentence increased for Chelyabinsk resident smuggling engines for armored vehicles to the Middle East
In the Chelyabinsk region, the court has increased the sentence of 58-year-old man, who had attempted to smuggle engines of military armored vehicles across the Russian-Kazakh border to sell them in the Middle East.
News of the Russian FSB arresting Pskov Customs Office Deputy Head Sergey Shubin stirred the customs world. People involved with international commerce claim it is just the tip of the iceberg of corruption, since the office is a battlefield both literary and figuratively.
|Yes, the US sanctions can lead Russia to a default|
|Yes, incompetence of Russia’s leadership will lead the country to a default|
|Yes, corruption and thievery will lead Russia to a default|
|No, budget funds accumulated by the state will allow to deal with financial difficulties|
|No, Russia’s leadership will not let this happen|
|No, it will not happen due to high oil prices|