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Belarus is one of the main suppliers of smuggled cigarettes to Russia and Europe

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"Belarus is one of the main suppliers of smuggled cigarettes to Russia and Europe". The NAM addresses Belarusian tobacco factory licence providers.


Anatoliy Kotov, responsible for foreign policy and trade at the NAM, told a press conference of the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund how the regime earns money on cigarettes:

— Belarus is one of the main suppliers of smuggled cigarettes to Russia and European countries. According to a tobacco market study by Nielsen, the share of illicit cigarettes in Russia has increased from 0.3% in 2012 to 7% in 2020. About 5 million smuggled cigarettes from Belarus have been detained at the border with the European Union since the beginning of 2021.

The NAM sent letters to British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris inviting them to assess the practices of their partners in Belarus against the internal regulations of international manufacturers. Such regulations stipulate that smuggling and violations of workers' rights are inadmissible.

The letters also point out that even legal proceeds from tobacco sales through excise duties are being used to finance repression of civilians.

The National Anti-Crisis Management continues its campaign to strip the dictatorial regime of its money. Another simple and safe way to bring a common victory closer is to join the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation’s alcohol and tobacco cessation project.

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