According to the Russian Nicotine Alliance, the Russian government has suffered a budget loss of nearly 900 million rubles due to illegal sales of cigarettes in the Russian regions of Ryazan, Vladimir and Tver.
“In the Tver and Ryazan regions, the share of illegal sales was significantly higher than the Russian average, reaching 23.9% and 19.1% respectively. In less than a year, the share of illegal sales in the Tver region almost tripled, while in V A decrease in illegal sales was observed in the Vladimir region (to 0.7%). In the Tver and Ryazan regions, the main cigarettes circulating on the illegal market mainly came from imports from the Eurasian Economic Union countries. In the Vladimir region, although almost This product cannot be found, but records of the sale of counterfeit cigarettes are also increasing in the region," Irina Bushina, director of the National Exchange Center for Combating Illicit Industrial Products, said at a conference of "Businessman".
As of the second quarter of 2023, the minimum loss to the budget caused by illegal tobacco sales in Russia has exceeded 26.4 billion rubles, an increase of 6.5 billion rubles from the first quarter.