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Police exposed facts of sale of 1,500 kilograms of poached black caviar at large Moscow food stores
Police exposed facts of sale of 1,500 kilograms of poached black caviar at large Moscow food stores, a rare delicacy whose production is suspended because of depleting sturgeon stock. "The operation was conducted in several stages. In early August, law-enforcers confiscated in these food stores more than 268 kilograms of black caviar worth 1.5 million euros, and some 40 kilograms of substandard black caviar were seized at the final stage," the press service of the Interior Ministry's Economic Security Department told Itar-Tass on Friday. Poachers needed to catch at least 80 tonnes of sturgeon to produce the amount equal to the confiscated caviar, police emphasized. The large-scale operation was conducted by economic security department agents in Moscow and the Moscow region. "Police retrieved documents on suppleis of caviar to the Moscow region at 87 stores of a large trade network, suspected of selling contraband products," the press service said. A criminal case was opened against the leadership of the firm which had arranged these supplies under falsified document. Criminal proceedings were instituted under three articles of the Criminal Code," police said. The firm in question engaged in selling black caviar and purchased more than 268 kilograms of this product to supply it to foodstores, but in actual fact, it sold much more. In particular, it sold stellate sturgeon caviar, but, according to the documents, the firm never made any such procurements. The investigation continues. Law-enforcement bodies said a large smuggling channel of black caviar supplies to the Moscow market had been eliminated.
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