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Vladimir Putin orders FSB to combat gray imports from Kyrgyzstan

President of Russia Vladimir Putin instructed the government and the Federal Security Service (FSB) to work out measures to combat the shadow turnover of cash and goods in the Russian markets. Interfax reported with reference to own sources.

The instruction to the head of the government and the director of the FSB was given after a letter from the Chairperson of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation Elvira Nabiullina. It reveals the details of financing of gray imports and transfer of funds abroad through the largest Russian markets.

According to the Interfax source, in her letter to Vladimir Putin, the head of the Central Bank reports that it has revealed a possible payment plan and legalization of gray imports in the large markets of at least 10 billion rubles a month.

«The funds were sent from points close to the markets, and the recipients were trading warehouses in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, where, in their turn, goods from China and Vietnam come. The version of a channel of gray imports from the PRC and Vietnam with the transshipment of goods in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan is supported by the discrepancy in the official customs statistics on trade turnover between the countries,» the report says.

This issue was discussed today and at a meeting of the Committee on Budget and Finance. Deputy Ruslan Kazakbaev asked what measures the Kyrgyz Republic has taken due to the disclosure of the facts.

«It is necessary to respond: either to admit the fact or to refute. They say that problems on the border of Kyrgyzstan with Kazakhstan were caused by this,» he said.

However, the Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Service of the Kyrgyz Republic Sultan Mamasadykov could not directly answer the questions of the deputy. He only promised that the agency would later provide him with information.

The head of the State Customs Service of Kyrgyzstan, Almaz Onolbekov, said to 24.kg news agency that he did not know about such an order from the President of Russia.

«I cannot say anything about whether such an order was or not. And then, it is a different state. We also have no information that difficulties in the passage of goods through Kyrgyzstan — Kazakhstan border were associated with this order. There were no appeals from Russian colleagues on this issue,» he said.