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Almost 60 tonnes of vodka with fake excise stamps seized in Russia’s Far East

September 26, 6:40 UTC+3 CHITA
The owner of illegal alcohol admitted that she knew the excise stamps were forged but still planned to sell it
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CHITA, September 26. /TASS/. Police in the Russian Far Eastern city of Chita have seized nearly 58 tonnes of vodka with forged excise stamps worth over 22 million rubles, the press service of the Interior Ministry department in the Zabaikalsky Krai said on Monday.

"The police have seized a large batch of alcohol at one of warehouses in Chita’s Ingodinsky districts. Forged excise stamps were put on bottles with vodka of different types. In total, the police seized around 58 tonnes of alcohol worth over 22 million rubles," the press service said.

The owner of illegal alcohol admitted that she knew the excise stamps were forged but still planned to sell it. A criminal case has been opened over the incident.

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