A Russian citizen was arrested in Belarus for attempting to smuggle into the territory of the Eurasian economic Union (EEU) nine kilograms of diamonds under the guise of gravel for the aquarium. On Friday, 4 November, reported for Grodno regional customs of the state.
The cars the Russians were stopped at the checkpoint "Berestovitsa", located on the border with Poland. Among the personal belongings of the driver during the search found "crystalline rocks of different shapes, sizes and colors, raised suspicion among customs". The man explained that they are intended for the aquarium, but, according to the results of the examination, it was unsorted diamonds. Their cost, according to preliminary estimates, is more than 900 thousand Belarusian rubles (more than 30 million rubles).
The court of Hrodna ruled to fine the Russians and transported to confiscate the diamonds in accordance with article 14.5 of the Code of the Republic of Belarus on administrative offences.
Treaty establishing the EAEC as an organization of regional economic integration entered into force on 1 January 2015. The Union includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.