Criminal case initiated in Primorsky Krai

  • 03.12.2015
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Criminal case initiated in Primorsky Krai

In the city of Ussuriysk, officers of the FSB Directorate for the Primorsky Krai seized "tiger wine" - tincture on the bones of an Amur tiger. This happened on November 20, 2015. On this fact, officers of the OMVD of Russia in the city of Ussuriysk opened a criminal case.

During the operational search raid on the territory of one of the industrial bases in the construction trailer, a glass container was found in which there was an alcohol solution with 80 fragments of Amur tiger bones, which was confirmed by a forensic biological examination.

“In this case, we can only talk about a small part of the tiger's skeleton.  According to the examination, the fragments of the bones when they join form the scapular bone and the bones of the skull.  This is a common practice when the so-called “tiger wine” is prepared for personal consumption, not for sale.  Therefore, people buy a few bones, crush them and insist on an alcohol-containing liquid, and then consume.  Thus, several cases of seizure of bones or products made from them can relate to the death of one individual tiger, which is sold in parts, - says Sergey Aramilev, director of the Amur Tiger Center Primorsky branch.  - I think that the revealed circumstances will allow the police officers not only to establish the owner of the “doubtful” drink, but also to find out where he purchased the prohibited goods.  The condition of the bones suggests that the tiger was killed long enough and is not a victim of this year.”

A division of the Inquiry Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Ussuriysk opened a criminal case under art. 258.1 of the Criminal Code. During the investigation, the owners of the seized capacity with fragments of the bones of the Amur tiger, as well as all the circumstances of the incident, will be established.

 Reference: "tiger wine" in traditional Tibetan medicine is an alcoholic extract on the bones of the tiger and is used as a tonic to help in the treatment of diseases. Meanwhile, in the bones of tigers, and like in other parts of his body, no substances that would in any way affect the physiological state of a person are proved by scientific medicine. The seeming improvement in health and vitality is achieved by a placebo effect.

 According to the legislation of the Russian Federation, art.  258.1 of the Criminal Code provides for the illegal extraction, maintenance, acquisition, storage, transportation and sale of highly valuable wild animals belonging to the species listed in the Red Book, punishment of imprisonment for up to three years with a fine of up to one million rubles.

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