170,000m3 of timber harvested and traded illegally from Gagarinsky

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February 16, 2021 - Smolensk, Russia

Investigators with the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Smolensk Region found that a criminal scheme using fictitious contracts felled and sold an estimated 170 thousand cubic meters of timber from the Gagarinsky district during the period from November 2012 to July 2020. According to the investigation, the total cutting area is estimated to be 860 hectares. The damage to the forest fund of the Russian Federation is estimated to be more than 3 billion 164 million rubles (about US$ 42 million). Two have been arrested, including one on February 15.

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