In the Rovno area employees of the security Service of Ukraine exposed a group of international smugglers who were engaged in the export and resale of Antiques. Reports a press about it-service SBU.
In particular, the group is suspected of involvement in smuggling smuggle the sword of the Vikings, discovered by an Estonian customs officers on the Russian-Estonian border, and, after carrying out the corresponding examinations in may 2016 and returned to Ukraine.
30 January 2017, one of the suspects in the smuggling operation were detained by SBU officers while trying to smuggle in Belarus ancient sword Romanesque type (XIV-XV CC.), 136 ancient coins of different denominations and periods issue as well as household items, the press-service. Antiquity was discovered in technological cavities of the bus of the international routes Kiev-Minsk on WFP Novi yarylovychi Chernihiv customs.
“The staff of SBU at the same time in different regions of the country conducted seven searches of the other defendants in criminal proceedings and seized more than one thousand artifacts, including: rifle, rings, etc. besides, one of the attackers in addition to the antiquities seized two grenades, and ammunition for the Makarov pistol,” – said in the message.
In the SBU stated that the already established involvement of five Ukrainians and two Belarussians to the illegal export of cultural property to Belarus and their subsequent displacement in the countries of Western Europe and the United States. The seized items submitted for examination art.
Open criminal proceedings according to the Art. 201 (smuggling) and article 263 (illegal weapon handling, fighting supplies or explosives) UK of Ukraine.
25 January 2017 it was reported that employees of the interior Ministry during the arrest of suspects in the trade in psychotropic substances seized from drug dealers, a large consignment of drugs and painting by Ivan Shishkin, which was stolen from a Russian Museum in 2013.