In the first half of 2023, the detectives of the Bureau of Economic Security registered 59 criminal proceedings related to the illegal production of alcoholic beverages and alcohol-containing liquids in Ukraine.
According to the results of searches and inspections, the following were removed from illegal circulation:
- 5 lines for the production of liquor and vodka products;
- 375 tons of alcohol-containing liquids, including various types of alcohol-containing products, including alcohol, liquor, and vodka products, etc.
- more than 150,000 excise tax stamps with signs of forgery.
The total estimated value of the confiscated goods and material values related to the illegal circulation of vodka products and alcohol amounts to more than $17.8 million.
In order to counter the illegal distribution of alcoholic products and alcohol, the Bureau sent to the National Center for Operational-Technical Management of Telecommunications Networks of the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection letters of recommendation to block 75 illegal websites selling illegally manufactured products.