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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tax Police Hit Far East

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- The state tax police department for the Primorsky region, in Russia's Far East, has started checking 47 agency firms selling coal mined in this region.

The checks revealed that one of the companies, Maliye Razrezy, had received 2.4 million rubles ($387,000) for production development, but used the money to pay dividends to the company's directors and founders, the department said. The company's director and his deputy received 500,000 rubles each, the department said.

The company's debt to the budget has reached 10.5 million rubles and its workers have not been paid wages since January, the department said.