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Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English

“Officers of the Criminal Investigation Administration of the MIA of Russia GA for the Volgograd Region detained members of an organized group on suspicion of illegal fishing in the water area of the Tsimlyansk reservoir during the ban on the extraction of aquatic biological resources. According to available information, a 44-year-old resident of the Rostov Region attracted to the illegal activities his friends, as well as hired staff, and distributed roles among them. The offenders lived on the territory of a former recreation center, with a guarded entrance where a gate and a barrier were installed. In wagons and cabins there were freezers used for storing the fish brought in trucks from the reservoir surrounded by cliffs.The suspects sold fresh and frozen fish in bulk: sold it to regular customers and delivered to other regions of Russia. 15 residents of the Rostov Region and 2 residents of the Volgograd Region aged from 30 to 62 years were detained red-handed on the territory of the base. From them the police seized 148 poacher nets of various lengths and almost 2.5 thousand specimens of carp, pike perch, sabrefish, white bream, crucian carp, perch, mirror carp, bream, as well as several tons of frozen fish. According to preliminary data, the damage caused to the biological resources amounted to no less than 5 million rubles.On this fact the investigators initiated a criminal case on the grounds of the crime stipulated by part 3 of Article 256 of the RF Criminal Code.Currently, at the request of the investigator, in relation to the alleged organizer of the illegal activities, the court selected a preventive measure in the form of placement to custody, his accomplices (eight of whom had a previous criminal record, including  similar crimes) – in the form of an obligation to appear in police. The preliminary investigation of the criminal case continues,” said the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Irina Volk.

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