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The staff of the Federal security service (FSB) of Russia jointly with the police arrested the smugglers from Russia and Lithuania which exported precious metals in Germany. On Wednesday, April 29, at the Center of public relations (TSOs) intelligence agencies reported to “Interfax”.
According to DSP, the smuggling channel from Russia was organized by transit through Belarus and Lithuania. The suspects, according to investigators, took out the precious metals — platinum, palladium and rhodium. The latter is considered one of the most rare in the world precious metals.
As have informed in FSB, in the Smolensk region, near the border with Belarus, was stopped a truck EN route to Lithuania. During the inspection of the machine, law enforcement officers found 21 sacks total weight of over 11 tons: there were milled automotive catalysts, which include platinum, palladium and rhodium. Their total value amounts to at least 200 million rubles.
In addition, the FSB and the interior Ministry of Russia on the territory of the Metropolitan region conducted investigative activities in the offices and warehouses of the suspects. The result was discovered and seized affined (purified), artisanal gold and silver total weight of more than 162 pounds and more than 700 kilograms of milled autocatalysts with platinum, palladium and rhodium worth more than ten million rubles.
The investigators also found from smugglers cash (including foreign currency) for entering into illegal transactions with precious metals. On this fact the regional Department of the MIA of Russia already brought criminal case.
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