Khabarovsk, parts of the skeleton of the amur tiger seized

  • 26.03.2015
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Khabarovsk, parts of the skeleton of the amur tiger seized

On March 21, during a search of a Khabarovsk resident's garage, fragments of the Amur tiger skeleton, four unregistered firearms and more than one thousand units of ammunition of various calibers were found and seized.

Employees of the Vostok department of the CSS of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and the border guards of the FSB of Russia in the Khabarovsk Krai and the Jewish Autonomous Region during a joint operation in a private car and citizen B. garage found and seized the body fragments of various types of animals, including bears and Amur tigers.

Experts note that the detainee was purposefully engaged in buying up the body parts of rare animals and, most likely, had accomplices.  He could face a penalty of imprisonment for up to 7 years and penalties of up to 2 million rubles.

“Discovered a number of body parts and animal derivatives together with the weapon allows to make an unambiguous conclusion that the citizen had been buying, while not shied away from forbidden things, knowing that it is illegal, - says the Director of the Primorsky branch of the Amur tiger Center Sergey Aramilev - Now we can say that the citizen faces a sentence under articles 222 and 258.1 of the criminal code. Of course, to carry out such activities without assistants difficult, so we hope that law enforcement agencies will establish all those involved in the crime.”

Recall that one of the goals of the Amur Tiger Center is to support efforts to combat poaching - one of the main threats to the existence of the Amur tigers population.  About 30 predators die at the hands of poachers every year.  The Amur tiger is listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, is in danger of extinction, hunting is prohibited.

The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation was amended to introduce Article 258.1 “Illegal extraction and trafficking of valuable wild animals and aquatic biological resources belonging to species listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation and (or) protected by international treaties of the Russian Federation,  their parts and derivatives".  For these acts, the punishment is imprisonment for up to 7 years and fines of up to 2 million rubles.

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