First Deputy Head of Far East Customs Administration detained

First Deputy Head of Far East Customs Administration detained
Sergey Fedorov

He was convoyed under escort to Moscow, where a measure of restraint will be imposed.

First Deputy Head of the Customs Administration of the Far East (DVTU) Sergey Fedorov was detained in Vladivostok, the press service of the DVTU reports. A representative of the press service confirmed that Fedorov was detained on suspicion of smuggling on Tuesday, March 20.

The interlocutor specified that now Fedorov was convoyed to Moscow, where the measure of restraint will be imposed. The case against him was initiated under Article 194 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Evasion from Payment of Customs Fees).

The source says that Fedorov is suspected of a fraud with a businessman from Vladivostok, head of Dalzavod Terminal CJSC Rodion Tikhonov. According to him, Tikhonov was detained on February 21 this year. Together with him, a group of persons were detained, among whom was an officer of one of the Vladivostok customs posts.

The investigation established that among the detainees there was also entrepreneur and deputy head of the customs post Vladivostok Seaport Evgeny Romanchenko, who is connected with Tikhonov.

The investigation established that the criminal group was engaged in the transportation of contraband textiles under the guise of cheap building materials.

Since the end of 2017, the power structures of Dalzavod Terminal have discovered 80 containers with contraband textiles. The group operated for several months.

All goods were transported through one of the customs posts near Dalzavod. Lots of incorrectly declared goods were found there (fur coats and fabrics were designated as wall and ceiling tiles, which are subject to a smaller payment).

Tikhonov's ties with the FCS could provide the success of the scheme. According to preliminary data, the damage can be estimated at the hundreds of millions of unpaid customs payments.

Sergey Fedorov was transferred to Vladivostok from the Altai Territory, where he held the post of the chief. Earlier, he was awarded the medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland of II degree.

Previously, The CrimeRussia reported that Rodion Tikhonov, who in February was detained by a special unit of the FSB, began the detentions. The reason for Tikhonov's detention was an abuse of customs clearance. Together with the entrepreneur, four businessmen connected with him, Dmitry Khodyachikh, Evgeny Oksiyuk, Denis Mars and Alexey Nabok, and deputy head of the customs post Vladivostok Seaport Evgeny Romanchenko, were detained.

Tikhonov and his partners are accused of Creation of a Criminal Community and Participation Therein, as well as Non-payment of Customs Fees (parts 1, 2 of Article 210 of the Criminal Code and part 4 of Article 194 of the Criminal Code). Romanchenko is charged with taking of an especially large-scale bribe (part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The Moscow Basmanny Court placed all the defendants in the case to the pre-trial detention center at the request of the ICR.

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