Ukraine Confiscates Rough Diamonds

KIEV, Ukraine -- Border police in Ukraine confiscated two kilograms of rough diamonds, Khaleej Times reported on July 13. According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior officials, police were performing routine inspections of the Moscow-Kiev passenger express train when they found the diamonds concealed in a carriage compartment.

Rough Diamonds

The estimated value of the rough diamonds found runs as high at $6.9 million, but actual value is dependent upon the quality of rough. All passengers asked denied knowledge of the stash.

The gems are believed to be the most valuable smuggled goods confiscated by Ukrainian border police in the past five years. Ministry officials said that the diamonds are likely to have been mined in Russia and were destined for cutting and illicit sale abroad.

Source: Diamond Net