21.6 thousand cars were imported in Ukraine from January 2004 to April 2005, and 27 thousand cars were registered in State auto inspection. Thus, it turned out that 5.4 thousand cars were brought in illegally, reported the deputy head of Security Service of Ukraine, the head of General Department "K" Andrey Kozhemyakin.

According to his words, state budget of Ukraine got 1.5 milliard hryvnias of customs payments as a result of official import of cars. At the same time, the state received 350 million UAH less, as a great number of cars were smuggled.

Kozhemyakin also reported that, within the frameworks of State program "Smuggling – stop", Security Service of Ukraine instituted 68 criminal cases according to the article "smuggling" and detected 13 crimes, connected with unlawful actions of customs officials.

SSU intends to conduct several investigations independently. Kozhemyakin promised to promulgate information about how many officials drive smuggled cars.

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