31 Dec '11, 11am

Russian authorities find 175 kg of caviar - illegally stashed in a morgue

ST. PETERSBURG - Even people who think caviar is to die for might lose their appetite when it's stored in a hospital morgue. But that's where St. Petersburg police found a huge stash of the delicacy this week - 175 kilograms (385 pounds) stored in the refrigerated space where cadavers are kept. A morgue employee and a businessman were arrested after the Wednesday discovery, but police said Friday the matter is still being investigated and it is unclear if the men will be charged. The arrested men said the caviar, or salted fish eggs, was to be a treat for hospital employees at a New Year's party. Most of the red caviar was from salmon, but 38 kilograms (84 pounds) of the stash was black caviar from sturgeon, an endangered fish. Amid heavy restrictions on sturgeon fishing, black caviar is increasingly produced and sold illegally. In the run-up to New Year's, one of Russia's...

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