Sleep­ing with the fish eggs

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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 po­lice in St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia, found a huge stash of the del­i­cacy re­cently—385 pounds stored in the re­frig­er­ated space where ca­dav­ers are kept. At least now Out­liers knows where to look for snacks when tour­ing Rus­sian hos­pi­tals.

A morgue em­ployee and a busi­ness­man were ar­rested af­ter the dis­cov­ery, but po­lice said 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 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 most lav­ishly fes­tive hol­i­days, po­lice made a se­ries of other seizures of caviar.

A day af­ter the morgue dis­cov­ery, St. Peters­burg po­lice said they seized an additional 220 pounds in­tended for il­le­gal sale at lo­cal mar­kets.

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