Customs officials reported a 24% increase in attempts to illegally import and export cash. In 2022, there were four times as many attempts to smuggle money out of Russia as there were to bring it in. In most cases, attempts were made to illegally move the Russian ruble.
According to the results of 2022, the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation stopped 11.6 thousand attempts to illegally import or export cash, the department’s press service reported.
The increase in the number of attempts to illegally import and export cash amounted to 24% year-on-year, while trying to export currency was four times more likely than importing it, the FCS specified.
In most cases (45%), attempts were made to illegally move the Russian ruble, often attempts were made to import or export US dollars and euros. Most often they tried to take money from Russia to Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan and import it into Russia from Turkey, Tajikistan and the United Arab Emirates.
The amount they tried to move illegally, according to the results of 2022, decreased by 30% to 2.1 billion rubles, FCS reported.
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