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Russia: Court demands 511kg of illegal caviar is destroyed02:27

Russia: Court demands 511kg of illegal caviar is destroyed

Russian Federation, Khabarovsk
November 13, 2015 at 06:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Khabarovsk Regional court ruled on Friday that 511 kilograms (1126 lbs) of illegally sourced black caviar must be destroyed. The caviar had been discovered concealed inside a coffin at the end of October after a hearse was pulled-over and searched by police.

The driver denied any knowledge of what was inside the coffin and officers later raided the funeral home agency. An investigation is underway to establish who was involved in the operation to illegally extract, transport and sell the valuable fish delicacy.

Sturgeon populations in the Caspian Sea have decreased dramatically because of poaching and the harvesting of the fish eggs that constitute caviar. Russia strictly regulates the caviar industry and wild production is completely banned.

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A Khabarovsk Regional court ruled on Friday that 511 kilograms (1126 lbs) of illegally sourced black caviar must be destroyed. The caviar had been discovered concealed inside a coffin at the end of October after a hearse was pulled-over and searched by police.

The driver denied any knowledge of what was inside the coffin and officers later raided the funeral home agency. An investigation is underway to establish who was involved in the operation to illegally extract, transport and sell the valuable fish delicacy.

Sturgeon populations in the Caspian Sea have decreased dramatically because of poaching and the harvesting of the fish eggs that constitute caviar. Russia strictly regulates the caviar industry and wild production is completely banned.

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