Police in Primorye detained a group of 20 people suspected of illegal felling of about 700 spruce and fir trees for sale to the New Year, according to RIA Novosti on Thursday, the regional representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.
"All of the suspects were arrested in the course of the pre-New Year operation" El ", aimed at curbing the poaching of the taiga. Already established that a group of 20 people from early December led illegal logging of coniferous trees," — said the source.
According to him, it was found that the team "black woodcutters" cut down about 700 fir and spruce height from 1 to 2.5 meters. Illegal felling was carried out in a forest near the village of Berezovka Chuguev district. In this case, the suspects broke all environmental standards cutting — Cut down the high tree, and then later separated from him only the tip of the furry. The rest of the ejected.
Average cost of eating in Vladivostok is now 2.5 thousand rubles. Thus, poachers can fetch about 1.8 million rubles.
"The detainees confessed that they do not have permits to harvest Christmas trees. Organizer poaching team found and testifying," — said the source.
He noted that the investigation directed to the investigating authorities to address the issue of a criminal case under the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation "Illegal felling of trees, a group of persons on a large scale," by which violators could face up to six years in prison.
Earlier it was reported that the daily New Year holds Primorye police raids since early December, preventing trafficking pyrotechnics, poaching trees, alcohol. For 2.5 weeks of raids seized more than 17 million units of non-certified fireworks, firecrackers and fireworks.
Only in Nakhodka police found 11 illegal markets, where they seized more than 200 illegally felled spruce. Under the law for one illegally felled tree is a penalty of 5.5 thousand.