Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is the dramatic moment Russian special forces scale the outside of a building before smashing their way through a balcony door to arrest a gang of alleged credit card fraudsters.
The operation was conducted by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), previously known as the KGB, and the Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in 11 different regions.
Reports say that the operation was aimed at stopping the unlawful activity of an organised criminal group who sell stolen credit and debit card data.
The cards were from both Russia and abroad, with the data retrieve online.
Local media report that the officers raided 62 locations across Russia, and managed to collect 1 million USD (837,500 GBP) and 3 million RUB (32,321 GBP) in cash.
In the video, the armed officers can be seen scaling a building before smashing through a balcony door. The suspects can be seen lying on the floor as they are arrested whilst others can be seen being detained in a car park.
The officers also seized several computers that were allegedly used to track purchases from more than 90 online shops, a pile of fake passports and fake IDs which presented the alleged fraudsters as law enforcement officers.
The officers reportedly seized gold nuggets, weapons, silver and gold coins, as well as drugs in the operation.
According to the FSB its officers arrested over 30 alleged fraudsters from Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania.
Many of those arrested already have criminal records, according to reports.
The arrests took place in major cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as the disputed Crimean peninsula, and the south-western Republic North Ossetia-Alania.
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