Police detect massive counterfeit alcohol supply to Moscow region

Police have detected massive supply of counterfeit alcohol to the Moscow region, a source from the Russian Interior Ministry press center told Interfax.

Police have detected massive supply of counterfeit alcohol to the Moscow region, a source from the Russian Interior Ministry press center told Interfax.

"Officers of the Russian Interior Ministry's main economic security and anti-corruption department, the Moscow region police department's economic security and anti-corruption division, the Interior Ministry's internal security department and the OMON "Zubr" unit have held an operation to stop the selling of counterfeit alcohol in Moscow and its suburbs. They put a lid on the supply of counterfeit alcohol and liquidated a site storing large amounts of such beverages," he said.

The alcohol was sold at several dozen outlets on the premises of the Mytishchy fair. It came to the fair, a major wholesale and retail trade center in the Moscow region, from illegal factories in the Moscow region, Kabardino-Balkaria and North Ossetia, was bottled and sold to residents at retail stores.

"Approximately 70 shops and warehouses were examined and more than 350,000 bottles of counterfeit alcohol of well-known Russian and foreign brands were discovered. More than 200,000 fake excise stamps, kegs of alcohol-containing liquid and flavorings imitating various kinds of elite alcohol were found in the storage areas," the source said.

The entire amount of counterfeit alcohol was impounded and samples were sent to a laboratory for evaluating the health risks they presented. The materials were transferred to investigative bodies, which would make a procedural decision. A search for the persons involved in the storage and sale of counterfeit alcohol is underway.

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