Rostov MP goes on trial for smuggling diamonds

Rostov MP goes on trial for smuggling diamonds
Natalia Kravchenko

The head physician of one of the city hospitals is accused of trying to smuggle precious stones from the UAE.

The Prosecutor's Office confirmed an indictment against the former member of the Legislative Assembly in the Rostov region, the head physician of Hospital №10 Natalia Kravchenko. She is accused of smuggling diamonds from the United Arab Emirates under part 1 of Art. 226.1 of the Criminal Code, the regional supervisory agency reported. Under this article she faces up to 7 years in prison and a fine up to 1 million rubles or the salary for the period of 5 years.

The Deputy was arrested at the Rostov-on-Don airport by customs officers and employees of the FSB in spring. The materials attested that during a trip to Dubai in March 2016 Natalia Kravchenko bought 17 diamonds weighing, in total, more than 18 carats and worth about 134 thousand dollars. It is reported that during the passage of the customs control zone at the airport of Rostov-on-Don the defendant tried to hide 4 stones under clothing and 8 precious stones - in a necklace. In addition, woman held 5 diamonds in her hand.

After a seizure of stones Kravchenko became ill and was hospitalized. Soon it became known that on the eve of a trip to the United Arab Emirates she wrote a statement of resignation for health reasons.

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