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Rosneft reports 116 cases of illegal tapping over 10 months

November 28, 2013, 15:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, November 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian energy firm Rosneft has reported 116 cases of illegal tapping to siphon oil from subsidiaries' pipelines over the past 10 months.

Forty-three people have been detained and 72 criminal cases opened in connection with the incidents, the company said.

Agreed procedures had Rosneft and Russia's Interior Ministry working closely together to prevent crime in regions where the company operated, a company statement said, noting that its security force helped police detect and prevent criminal activities in the fuel and energy sector.

Operations in July had Rosneft personnel, the Interior Ministry's transport police department and the railway guard service working together to prevent theft of oil products under transportation. Four criminal groups were caught in the process. More than 20 criminal cases were opened for oil theft.

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