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Polar bear slaughtered for 50 litres of gasoline

By The Siberian Times reporter
27 May 2016

Alleged poachers detained after killing animal on Vaygach Island, amid fears up to 15 are illegally shot each year.

Experts from environmental organisation WWF say that annually between 10 and 15 polar bears are shot on the island. Picture: Ministry of Internal Affairs

Two men were detained and face up to three years in jail if convicted of killing the bear, then trading its skin for gasoline. 

A resident of Varnek in Nenets Autonomous Region slaughtered the bear last year on Vaygach Island, on the western edge of Siberia in the Arctic Sea between the Pechora Sea and the Kara Sea.

A criminal case was opened on 16 May.

Vaigach island


Polar bear skin


Polar bear skin

A resident of Varnek in Nenets Autonomous Region slaughtered the bear last year on Vaygach IslandPictures: Ministry of Internal Affairs, WWF Russia

Experts from environmental organisation WWF say that annually between 10 and 15 polar bears are shot on the island. 

Skins are then sold on to Moscow and St Petersburg via Karataika village, Naryan-Mar and Vorkuta. The final cost of the skin amounted 1.5 - 2 million roubles. 

The final selling price is around $30,500, up to ten times the amount earned by poachers. WWF activists have cooperated with the FSB security service and police to counter poaching on the island

Comments (4)

Jail time for the killers.
Cody, USA
28/06/2016 12:29
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UNNACCEPTABLE !!! It's a CRIME !!! Please save these rare, beautiful, inocent and defenceless animals !!!
lione r worton, Rio de Janeiro /Brasil
29/05/2016 15:40
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Thank you Benedikt. I would just suggest one more question........And also all the criminals involved in the supplyand purchase of the skins of these murdered bears?
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, USA
28/05/2016 22:15
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skin the poachers as well?
Benedikt, Moscow
28/05/2016 11:37
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