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Interior ministry reveals huge seafood contraband on Sakhalin

The Russian Interior Ministry has revealed contraband of over 9,000 tons of seafood from the Sakhalin region to Japan.

Resultant damage is put at 15.5 billion roubles, including 6 billion as harm to the environment, the press service of the Interior Ministry's economic security department told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

An operative group comprising workers the department, the border service, the Federal Security Service and the customs service has obtained evidence of illegal hunting in the Sakhalin region and sale in Japan of 9.4 thousand tons of water biological resources, the press service said.

According to the Interior Ministry, illegal operations involved 78 ships owned by 63 businesses.

A criminal case on contraband has been opened.

The operative group assigned to the Sakhalin region is cooperating with regional law enforcement agencies to detect a criminal group behind the contraband operations and to check fisheries for legality of the activity.

© Itar-Tass

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