Man suspected of smuggling birds registered in Russian Red Book was detained in Omsk Region

MIL OSI – Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Man suspected of smuggling birds registered in Russian Red Book was detained in Omsk Region

“The Russian MIA Division for Isilkul and the Isilkulsky District of the Omsk Region initiated a criminal case based on essential elements of a crime stipulated Part 1 Article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation,” said Russian MIA official representative Irina Volk.
“According to the investigators, the 35-year old foreigner, without a special permit, had attempted to take away three gyrfalcons and one saker falcon registered in the Red Book of Russia from the Russian Federation. The malefactor had twisted fabric around the birds and hidden them in the subwoofer and in the spare wheel compartment. According to the ornithologists’ opinion, the birds have no traces of banding on the legs, are wild and have been taken from the natural habitat,” said Irina Volk.
The malefactor was detained at automobile checkpoint “Isilkul” by employees of the Russian FSB Border Administration for the Omsk Region due to the detection of the rare birds.
Upon the motion of the investigator, the court remanded the defendant into the custody.
By the moment, the police have delivered the birds to ornithologists for care and housing.
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