mandag 17. april 2017

FSB breaks up illegal gun-running pipeline from Ukraine, EU to Russia

Russia’s security services have seized 232 arms from the criminal group

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MOSCOW, April 17. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has shut down an illegal gun-running pipeline from Ukraine and European Union (EU) countries to Russia, the FSB reported on Monday.

"The Federal Security Service of Russia has cut short jointly with Russia’s Interior Ministry the unlawful activity of an interregional group complicit in organizing a conduit of weapons supplies from countries of the EU and Ukraine to the Russian Federation," the department’s press office stated.

"Required investigative measures have been taken against 54 members of this ring, exposed in 24 Russian regions," the law enforcement agency’s press office said.

Large arsenal of weapons seized

Russia’s security services have seized 232 arms from the criminal group, including 18 machine-guns, 43 assault rifles, 29 pistols-machine-guns, 45 carbines and rifles, 97 pistols and revolvers and a WWII aircraft gun, the FSB press office said.
"As a result of measures that have been taken, operatives have withdrawn combat and modernized arms from illegal turnover, as well as weapons prepared for recovering their combat characteristics," the press office said.

The security services have also seized over 16,000 pieces of ammunition of various calibers, 15 fragmentation hand grenades, over 21 kilograms of explosives, plant-based narcotic drugs, and also fake blanks of permissions for the acquisition of firearms and munitions.

"The activity of three workshops for the production and upgrade of firearms has been terminated," the FSB press office said.

"Additional operational search and investigative measures are underway to record procedurally the unlawful activity of the criminal group’s members, and also measures continue to cut short other channels of the delivery of arms and their components from abroad," the FSB press office said.