Cash smuggling prevented at Koltsovo airport

The customs officers of Yekaterinburg-based Koltsovo airport and the representatives of Federal Security Service’s Frontier Service in Chelyabinsk Region managed to prevent the illegal export of a large amount of cash from Russia.


As the passengers of Yekaterinburg-Prague flight were going through the customs formalities, a Russian citizen turned out to have ?9,200, $7,000, 750 CZK and 19,600 RUR on her; this money was never indicated in the passenger’s customs declaration. The total sum of undeclared cash exceeded 527,000 RUR, which means the woman was trying to smuggle a large amount of money and will have to face criminal liability and go through a criminal lawsuit. The cash was confiscated, Ural Customs Administration’s press officer reports.


According to the existing legislation, private individuals (both residents and non-residents) have to declare anything that comes to more than $3,000 at a time. No natural person is allowed to export more than $10,000 at a time, except for cases when this individual has imported some cash in Russia earlier (which has to be proved by the customs declaration filled in upon arrival to the country).


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