The share of illegal tobacco in the Urals increased by 17%

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The share of illegal tobacco products (cigarettes) In the regions of the Ural Federal District (Ural Federal District), it has grown by 17% over the year, Irina Bushina, director of the National Scientific Competence Center, told Kommersant-Ural Publishing House at the conference.

According to the research, in the III-IV quarter of last year the share was 8.8%, and in the II-III quarter of this year it was already 10.3%. In general, in Russia during this period, the growth was from 12.2% to 13.3%. The growth occurred in all federal districts except the Volga.

In Yamal, the increase in illicit tobacco trafficking occurred from 6.8% to 10.4%, in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, on the contrary, there was a decrease — from 5.4% to 4.5%. There is also a decrease in the Tyumen region, where the minimum share of illegal trafficking among the regions of the Urals is recorded — 0.3% (last year it was 11.9%). "In addition, the Tyumen Region ranks second among all regions of the Russian Federation (in terms of minimum indicators — Kommersant-Ural), second only to the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug," the expert added.

Mrs. Bushina also noted that the highest proportion of illegal trafficking is observed in rural areas. "Cigarettes imported to Russia from the EAEU member states still make the greatest contribution to illicit trafficking," Irina Bushina said, adding that almost 90.9% of illegally imported cigarettes are of Belarusian origin.