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Russia: Caviar in a coffin! Half-ton of black caviar found in speeding hearse01:22

Russia: Caviar in a coffin! Half-ton of black caviar found in speeding hearse

Russian Federation, Khabarovsk region
October 27, 2015 at 00:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police found 500 kilogrammes (1,102) of black caviar hidden in a coffin after they stopped a funeral agency vehicle, in the Khabarovsk region on Tuesday. Officers proceeded to search the vehicle, finding the caviar hidden in and around the coffin.

The driver of the vehicle had told police he was transporting the body of a dead woman on the request of a second man, who had asked him to transport the casket containing a female relative of his to a city morgue. The driver of the vehicle said he had no idea what was inside the coffin.

Local authorities are considering whether or not to bring charges against the driver for the illegal production and distribution of black caviar.

Russia’s caviar industry is heavily regulated and limited to 50 authorised Sturgeon farms. Wild sturgeon fishing and caviar production is banned across Russia, except for the indigenous people of Russia’s north, who have the right to gain permits. The regulations are due to the rapid decline of sturgeon populations in the Caspian Sea since the fall of the Soviet Union, largely attributed to illegal fishing.

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Police found 500 kilogrammes (1,102) of black caviar hidden in a coffin after they stopped a funeral agency vehicle, in the Khabarovsk region on Tuesday. Officers proceeded to search the vehicle, finding the caviar hidden in and around the coffin.

The driver of the vehicle had told police he was transporting the body of a dead woman on the request of a second man, who had asked him to transport the casket containing a female relative of his to a city morgue. The driver of the vehicle said he had no idea what was inside the coffin.

Local authorities are considering whether or not to bring charges against the driver for the illegal production and distribution of black caviar.

Russia’s caviar industry is heavily regulated and limited to 50 authorised Sturgeon farms. Wild sturgeon fishing and caviar production is banned across Russia, except for the indigenous people of Russia’s north, who have the right to gain permits. The regulations are due to the rapid decline of sturgeon populations in the Caspian Sea since the fall of the Soviet Union, largely attributed to illegal fishing.

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