The Russian police have recently arrested two members of a
criminal group that has reportedly sold USD 15.4 million (EUR 12.6
million) worth of counterfeit cancer drugs in Russia and caused
damages exceeding USD 18.2 million (EUR 14.9 million) to
pharmaceutical companies. They face up to ten years in prison if
The group operated in the Rostov region, southwestern Russia,
for two years. They reportedly imported drugs past their expiration
dates from Ukraine to the city of Shakhty, Rostov region, where
they re-packed them. They also made some of the drugs themselves
and charged from USD 154 (EUR 126) to USD 617 (EUR 504) for each
Police believe the criminal group sold drugs to pharmacies and
hospitals in the capital of Moscow, the city of Rostov-on-Don in
the Rostov region and other Russian cities.
In a separate development, 12 people in Moscow have also been
recently charged with selling counterfeit cancer medicine.
In light of the recent event in the Rostov region, Head of the
State Duma's Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Committee
Irina Yarovaya said that the fraud and trademark infringement
charges brought against the two arrested individuals diminish the
gravity of the crime, and that they should be charged with
According to Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI),
Russia's Criminal Code provides a possibility of charging
counterfeit medicine producers and distributors with attempted
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