Albiţa Border Crossing Point Raided By Anti-Graft Operatives

The Albiţa-Leuşeni border crossing point between Romania and the Republic of Moldova was completely blocked on Monday morning, as anti-corruption operatives began the third series of raids of this year over charges of smuggling and bribery. More than 70 customs workers and border police were being interogated on Monday morning and many of their homes were being searched.

Albiţa is one of the largest border crossing points in Eastern Europe and also a hotspot of cigarette smuggling originating in Ukraine and neighbouring Moldova. Previous similar operations have been conducted in Siret and Stamora Moraviţa, Romania, resulting in over 200 police and customs workers being arrested. The charges against them were smuggling and corruption.

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