Moscow raid nets 500,000 pirate discs
Moscow, 29th February 2008
Russian police have raided a warehouse near Moscow and seized 500,000 copyright infringing optical discs. The 9th Unit of the Moscow City Police’s Economic Crime Department undertook the raid acting on intelligence of organized criminal activity. The pirate discs have been transferred to “Informzashchita” storage facilities and the police are following up leads about the involvement of the “Deymos” plant in Tver.
Nick Roberts, of IFPI, which represents the recording industry worldwide, says: “This is a great result for the Moscow police. Russia remains the second biggest market for counterfeit discs in the world after China. It is essential that the police get the resources they need to tackle the organized gangs behind the trade and that the judiciary hand down deterrent sentencing to help tackle this problem.”For further information contact:
Alex Jacob, IFPI London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7878 7935 (Press Office)