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.
According to the press service of Chelyabinsk Region Prosecutor's Office, this man and his two accomplices were detained in October last year on the border with Kazakhstan. They tried to smuggle military armored vehicles engines in a truck. At the same time, in the accompanying documentation, the cargo was listed as equipment and spare parts of agricultural machinery after major repairs.
FSB officers detained them during a border check at the Bugristoe checkpoint.
The press service of the FSB Directorate in the Chelyabinsk region added that they followed this group of smugglers up to the border.
"26 boxes with components of armored vehicles in service with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation were found in the MAZ truck at the checkpoint. It is established that the citizens of Russia intended to sell them to the Middle East," Spokeswoman for the FSB Directorate Marina Garlevskaya said.
A criminal case under part 3 of Art. and part 1 of Art. 226 of the Russian Criminal Code (Smuggling military equipment) has been initiated against them. The Troitsk District Court of Chelyabinsk has found all three guilty. Two men have received 3 years on probation, and the 58-year-old organizer of smuggling – 8 months of a general-regime colony. Initially, the man was released in the court room, since he had spent 8 months in a pre-trial detention center during the investigation. The state prosecutor found the verdict rather mild, so he insisted on increasing it. As a result, the court increased his prison sentence of up to 2 years.
At present, the verdict has come into force.