Ivan Aivazov, deputy head of the Bureau of Economic Crimes in Fuel and Energy and Industry Sectors, Chief Directorate of Economic Security and Counteraction to Corruption of the regional Department of Internal Affairs.
“One of our jobs is to reveal crimes in the sphere of subsurface resources management. We deal with all unauthorized quarries located beyond the riverbeds and sea coast. The need to stiffen the control over these objects became even more vivid last year when land-filling works commenced within the zone of the future Kerch Bridge.
“At each quarries, the excavation exceeded 1,000 cubic metres, or even 5,000 cubic metres – all illegally removed and sold aside.
“As for the profitability of such business, it is hundreds of millions of rubles – although one has to invest a lot to be able to develop quarries: the machines needed to operate one such quarry cost 150 to 200 million rubles.
“Most often, we get information from local people or various public organizations.
“Besides, unmanned aircraft are of great help. The drones record the illegal quarries, which helps prove the guilt of such ‘businessmen’ at court.”