January 22, near the village of Great Zhytyn Rivne district, Rivne region law enforcement officers detained 36-the summer head of the village Council of one of villages of Dubrovytsky district on the illegal transport of amber. About this January 23, informed the press service of the police region.
In salon of the car “Renault Trafic” law enforcement officers found three bags of raw amber weighing almost 30 kg.
“The estimated cost of the withdrawn “Sunny” stone is $30 thousand,” – noted in press service.
The stones sent for examination.
Militiamen opened criminal proceedings under article 240-1 (illegal production, sale, purchase, transportation amber) of the Criminal code of Ukraine.
Illegal extraction of amber is established in the Rivne, Volyn and Zhytomyr regions. In the summer of 2015, the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that 90% of amber is extracted in Ukraine is illegal under the patronage of law enforcement agencies.
August 12, 2019 the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that the scale of illegal extraction of amber in Ukraine reached the level of ecological disaster. On 2 September the President instructed the Parliament until December 1, 2019 to pass a bill on the mining of amber.
Government bill No. 2240 on the settlement of the production of amber was introduced in Parliament on 8 October. In the first reading the Parliament approved it on 12 November and the second on December 19. The President signed it on December 29.