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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Counterfeit Perfume Confiscated

Police have seized more than 1.2 million bottles of counterfeit perfume and eau de toilette worth $5.7 million that apparently were imported from Poland, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

Late last week police searched the premises of a Russian firm that had been importing and selling fake perfume and eau de toilette from Poland, a spokesman for the ministry's economic security department said. The ministry did not identify the firm, saying only that it was located on Rostovskaya Naberezhnaya in Moscow.

The toiletries with "obvious signs of counterfeiting" were found in the firm's warehouse, the ministry said. More than 60,000 units of fake perfume products were also found.

The spokesman said they were probably made in Poland. "Judging from the fact that it was ready when it was imported, it was probably made there," he said.

The ministry said it had found evidence of sales of the fake goods bearing trademarks of "famous domestic and foreign cosmetics companies" in more than 30 of the country's regions. The spokesman did not identify the firms.

The police have also seized 33 fake stamps that counterfeiters attested came from the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, the Moscow city government's education department, a Procter & Gamble representative, and from Russian, British, French, Belgian, German and Ukrainian transportation and trading companies, among others.