Today in Moscow a meeting of the Joint Board of the MIA of the Russian Federation and the MIA of the Republic of Tajikistan took place. The Board addressed issues of interaction through the preliminary investigation and in the fight against drug trafficking.
The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, General of the Police of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev noted that over the past 20 years the collegial body had become an important tool for organizing the cooperation between the internal affairs bodies of the two countries: “The implementation of decisions adopted by the Joint Board makes a significant contribution to the strategy and tactics of countering the transnational crime, improving the criminal situation in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan.”
The Russian Minister emphasized that the implementation of the Protocol on Cooperation between the investigative units, signed three years ago, brought results: “The timely assistance of Tajik colleagues helped to complete the investigation of the criminal case on charges of banditry against six members of an organized armed group, formed mainly from citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan. On the score of the gang there was a series of robberies and robbery attacks committed on the territory of Moscow and the Moscow region in the period from December 2016 to June 2017.”
The Chief of the Russian MIA appreciated the results of the search for hiding defendants and mentioned as an example the business trip to Tajikistan made in March of this year by the joint operational group of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs: “For several days of joint work, the whereabouts of 78 hiding criminals were established. This result convincingly testifies to the good prospects of such a form of interaction and the need for its wider use.”
In addition, the participants in the meeting analyzed the effectiveness of the measures taken to counter illicit trafficking of the opium group drugs and coordinated further joint actions in this area.
At present, the legal framework has been created, the exchange of analytical, forensic and scientific-methodological information, as well as positive work experience has been established. Competent authorities take part in large-scale anti-drug operations under the auspices of the CSTO and the SCO.
The Chief of the Russian Ministry said: “Over the past year and the first half of 2019, within the framework of the ‘Channel’ operations, about 2.5 thousand drug crimes were suppressed in Russia, and 765 kilograms of drugs were seized. Tajik counterparts suppressed, respectively, 16 unlawful acts and seized almost 100 kilograms of narcotic drugs.”
In this regard, attention was drawn to the importance of close cooperation in order to eliminate opiate smuggling channels and identify the entire criminal chain – from drug couriers to drug trafficking organizers.
At the end of the event, Vladimir Kolokoltsev and Ramazon Rakhimzoda approved the work plan of the Joint Board for the next year.
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