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Russian caught trying to smuggle gold in her shoes

/ 07:09 PM November 13, 2019
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Russian customs officers have detained a woman at the Chinese border with nearly 2 kilograms of gold in her shoes after she appeared to be walking strangely, authorities said on Tuesday.

The Russian was detained at a customs post in eastern Siberia after officials noticed that she “was nervous and acted in a suspicious manner,” said Marina Boiko, a spokeswoman for the regional customs authorities.

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“The young woman unnaturally placed one foot in front of the other,” she said in a statement.

A search led to the discovery of eight pieces of gold weighing a total of nearly 1.9 kilograms (4.2 pounds).

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“The ingots had been attached to the insoles of her shoes with duct tape,” the statement said, adding that the value of the find is estimated at more than 5 million rubles ($79,000, 71,000 euros).

The bars have been made illegally and lacked the necessary documents.

Authorities opened a criminal case, saying the woman had tried to smuggle out the gold at the request of a Chinese citizen.

Since the beginning of the year officials have repeatedly detained Russians trying to smuggle gold into China, Boiko said.

In August, a Russian woman was caught carrying 10 gold ingots in her trainers.

Gold panning is widespread in Siberia.

At least 17 people were killed during a dam collapse at an artisanal gold mine in Siberia last month. IB/JB

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