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Russia busts fake Kremlin ID gang
President Putin in Kremlin
The Kremlin is one of the most tightly guarded locations in Russia
Russian security agents have arrested a group of policemen and civilians suspected of forging Kremlin passes.

The items seized included identity cards guaranteeing entry to President Vladimir Putin's offices, the FSB security service said.

Kremlin notepaper carrying Mr Putin's forged signature and number plates for police cars and government vehicles were also found in the operation.

Sets of the illegal documents were reportedly being sold for large sums.

According to security officials, some of the items were being sold at a car market in the south of Moscow, with packs of illegal documents fetching up to $200,000 (115,000).

It is believed that some may already have fallen into the hands of criminal gangs.

The arrests were the result of a joint operation by Russia's internal security service (FSB), the Kremlin and the Russian police force, the BBC's Steve Rosenberg reports from Moscow.


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