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Russia: Customs canines sniff out the big bucks leaving Russia illegally01:48

Russia: Customs canines sniff out the big bucks leaving Russia illegally

Russian Federation, Moscow
May 19, 2016 at 15:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia's Federal Customs Service showed off their new methodology for training dogs to find large sums of cash in the bags of passengers who fail to declare the money at customs.

Video released from Moscow on Thursday shows a test demonstration in which a sniffer dog finds a large sum of cash in a bag. The officer then asked the volunteer to open the bag and show that the canine had successfully located a large wad of notes.

According to specialists, the interesting point is that all passengers have money with them but this dog is able to sniff out just large sums of money. Oleg Khromov, Chief State Customs Inspector, Dog Division at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow said “the larger the sum, the better the scent is and it attracts her more."

Elena Ladozhina, of the Federal Customs Service said most money taken out of Russia is “for grey and shady operations." Those involved have “proof of one-day registration, that is companies which do not have any real financial or economic business," she added.

"The purely illegal withdrawal of capital from Russia does happen and it is no longer a secret for anybody," she said.

The methodology is already in use by Russian customs at international airports and through it, dogs can locate sums of up to $10,000

Russia: Customs canines sniff out the big bucks leaving Russia illegally01:48
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Russia's Federal Customs Service showed off their new methodology for training dogs to find large sums of cash in the bags of passengers who fail to declare the money at customs.

Video released from Moscow on Thursday shows a test demonstration in which a sniffer dog finds a large sum of cash in a bag. The officer then asked the volunteer to open the bag and show that the canine had successfully located a large wad of notes.

According to specialists, the interesting point is that all passengers have money with them but this dog is able to sniff out just large sums of money. Oleg Khromov, Chief State Customs Inspector, Dog Division at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow said “the larger the sum, the better the scent is and it attracts her more."

Elena Ladozhina, of the Federal Customs Service said most money taken out of Russia is “for grey and shady operations." Those involved have “proof of one-day registration, that is companies which do not have any real financial or economic business," she added.

"The purely illegal withdrawal of capital from Russia does happen and it is no longer a secret for anybody," she said.

The methodology is already in use by Russian customs at international airports and through it, dogs can locate sums of up to $10,000