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Ukraine's Security Service blocks illegal import of jewelry from annexed Crimea

The jewelry items had been sold as "made in Ukraine", without taxes and obligatory charges for the state budget
16:14, 15 August 2019

Jewelry from the annexed Crimea, August 2019
SBU

Workers of the SBU, Ukraine's Security Service guided by Prosecutor General's Office blocked the illegal import of jewelry from the territory of the Russia-annexed Crimea. The press department of Ukraine's Security Service reported that on August 15. 

The law enforcers found out that Crimea-based dealers organized the manufacture of jewelry. Then, they would use Chongar checkpoint to pass the jewels to Ukraine-controlled territory.

"The jewels were sold as "made in Ukraine", without taxes and obligatory charges for the state budget", the SBU said.

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As the law enforcers conducted searches in Kyiv, they found a hidden stash, where the suspects kept jewels and documents.

It appeared that in 2015-2019, the malefactors managed to sell jewels for over two U.S. million dollars.

The pre-trial investigation is underway.

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