Lady held ‘smuggling gold in her footwear’ on Russia border with China

Eight gold discs discovered in a woman's shoes by Russian border authorities, which she allegedly tried to smuggle into ChinaPicture copyright
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The gold is price greater than 5 million roubles (£61,096; $78,650)


A girl has been detained for attempting to smuggle gold in her footwear throughout Russia’s border with China.

Utilizing a metallic detector, Russian customs officers found she had eight gold discs taped to the soles of her toes.


Altogether the 1.9kg (four.1lb) of gold is price greater than 5 million roubles (£61,096; $78,650).

The Russian nationwide appeared “nervous and suspicious”, mentioned Marina Boyko, a customs spokeswoman at a border submit close to Chita in japanese Siberia.

She “unnaturally positioned one foot in entrance of the opposite”, which roused the suspicions of officers.

The lady was smuggling the gold for a Chinese language citizen, the assertion mentioned. Officers have launched a legal investigation.

Authorities in Russia’s Zabaykalsky-Krai area have detained quite a lot of folks this 12 months who’ve tried to smuggle gold to China, the assertion mentioned – together with one Russian caught allegedly attempting to maneuver 10 gold bars throughout the border of their trainers.

Gold mining is massive enterprise in resource-rich Siberia. A dam collapsed at a mine within the Krasnoyarsk area in October, killing no less than 15 folks.

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