Monday, August 21, 2017

Father and son arrested for arms trafficking

A father-son duo has been arrested in the Sverdlovsk region on charges of illicit arms trafficking.

According to the regional investigation department, the father and son were arrested in the city of Pervouralsk, approximately 24 miles west of Yekaterinburg. A lawyer and his son allegedly purchased weapons between January 2009 and March 2011, acquiring British Bulldog revolvers, Berettas, Nagants, Parabellums, Walters and Brownings. According to the police, the weapons, as well as weapons accessories and ammunition, were stored at the family's home, RUVR.ru reports.

The two men stand waiting trial on charges of arms trafficking and trading weapons. The father and son have also been accused of supplying a third party with arms components necessary for knocking off guns and remodeling gas pistols into firearms.

The men found buyers throughout Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region, including in a Collectors' Club, and in one of Yekaterinburg's educational institutions, RUVR.ru reports.

Arms trafficking became a major problem in Russia following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Arms traffickers in Russia typically work in areas suffering from insurgency, such as Chechnya and Dagestan.