Searches in Federal Customs Service: Department Head is suspected of smuggling of alcohol

Searches in Federal Customs Service: Department Head is suspected of smuggling of alcohol
The Head of the Federal Customs Service Andrey Belyaninov

Officers of the FSB Bureau for Internal Affairs searched the Head of the Federal Customs Service in the case of alcohol smuggling.⁠

On the morning of July 26 in the office of the Head of the Federal Customs Service Andrey Belyaninov and in the place of work of his former Advisor, the Head of Arsenal Group Sergey Lobanov searches were conducted, according to Novaya Gazeta.

The reason for the examination was a criminal case of smuggling of alcoholic beverages, in which involved a businessman from St. Petersburg Dmitry Mihalchenko and executives of LLC Kontreyl Logistics North-West company. Officers of the FSB Bureau for Internal Affairs investigate the circumstances of the offense under Art. 202.2 of the Criminal Code (Smuggling of alcoholic beverages).

Andrey Belyaninov heads he Federal Customs Service since 2006. During his work it has repeatedly pointed out that corruption and lobbying of private interests have intensified in the Federal Customs Service. Moreover, for many years there was a system, which allowed to (on the initiative of the Federal Customs Service) commercial structure FSUE Rostek, the state monopoly on the market of brokerage services at customs house. This bunch was prohibited only after the direct instructions of the President in 2012.⁠

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