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Caviar cache found in Russian morgue

2011-12-30 22:05

St Petersburg -  Even people who think caviar is worth dying 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 - 175kg of it 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 was to be a treat for hospital employees at a New Year's party.

Caviar consists of unfertilised eggs from sturgeon, a widely endangered fish. Amid heavy restrictions on sturgeon fishing, caviar is increasingly produced and sold illegally.