Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) eliminated a clandestine arms trafficking syndicate in the cities of St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk, the FSB Public Relations Center says.
“The Russian Federal Security Service has foiled the activities of an inter-regional syndicate involved in the manufacture and sale of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), firearms and ammunition in the Northwestern Federal District,” the Center told the state-run news agency TASS.
According to the report, FSB servicemembers have seized 36 improvised explosive devices, more than 1.3 kg of explosives and their components, 19 pieces of firearms, over 100 key components of firearms along with tools for their repair and manufacturing. Makarov and Luger pistols, Mosin rifles, two grenades and 1,400 rounds of ammunition were among the consfiscated things.
“The FSB has shut down the operations of a laboratory to repair firearms and manufacture improvised explosive devices in Petrozavodsk and a workshop to upgrade firearms and make ammunition in St. Petersburg,” the Center stated.
The Center added that three members of the syndicate have been taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.