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Poachers who killed two endangered Amur tigers detained in Russian Far East

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04 November 2020

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The poachers were caught moments after getting 700,000 roubles (US $8,834) cash for selling pelts, fangs, claws and bones of two Red Book Amur tigers to a buyer  outside Russia. Picture: FSB Primorye

Two men aged 51 and 57 who were in business of illegally hunting and selling protected Amur tigers were detained as a result of a lengthy joint operation by the regional FSB security service and specialists from the Amur Tiger Centre. 

They were caught moments after getting 700,000 roubles (US $8,834) cash for selling pelts, fangs, claws and bones of two Red Book Amur tigers to a buyer outside Russia. 

Names of the men and the details of the operation are not fully disclosed, but there is an understanding that the buyer was likely to be in China. 

This is the third case in less than six months in which the endangered predators fall victims of poachers. 

Poachers who killed two endangered Amur tigers detained in Russian Far East


Poachers who killed two endangered Amur tigers detained in Russian Far East


Poachers who killed two endangered Amur tigers detained in Russian Far East Poachers who killed two endangered Amur tigers detained in Russian Far East


Poachers who killed two endangered Amur tigers detained in Russian Far East
The Amur tiger is the world’s largest cat and is gradually recovering from the verge of extinction. Pictures: FSB Primorye


‘Special operations of such level are rare because such well-hidden criminal groups are very hard to detect.

FSB officers spent days to uncover the criminals’, said Sergey Aramilev, general director of Amur Tiger Centre. 

The poachers are to face charges under article 258.1 of Russian Criminal Code, illegal poaching and trade of Red Book animals, and potentially face from five to seven years in jail.

Poachers who killed two endangered Amur tigers detained in Russian Far East


Poachers who killed two endangered Amur tigers detained in Russian Far East
This is the third case in less than six months in which the endangered predators fall victims of poachers, with an Amur tigress (top) and an Amur tigers slained in July and September 2020


The Amur tiger is the world’s largest cat and is gradually recovering from the verge of extinction.

Less than 600 adult animals - 95% of the world population - live in the Primorsky, Khabarovsk, Amur and Jewish Autonomous regions in eastern Russia.

Pictures below: Amur Tiger Centre

Poachers who killed two endangered Amur tigers detained in Russian Far East


Poachers who killed two endangered Amur tigers detained in Russian Far East

Comments (5)

and still i am wondering what is happening to all the bones and the pelt. the pelt for sure should not be destroyed. should the bones to be -auctioned off - to some -chinese buyer - ? and the money then used to held fight the poachers. after all it will be a big sum? and the pelt? let's just hope it will not -grace - the floor i nsome crummy office or apartement.
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
06/11/2020 12:21
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I agree with you SteveC...this is dangerous organised crime at highest level together with weapon, drug and human trafficking unfortunately. The death sentence should be applicable here. South Africa sentences up to 35 years imprisonment for rhinoseros, elephant tusk etc. poaching which is a good example...

Congratulations though, to the FSB officers and Tiger Centre involved in the months of in depth investigation to at least catch this scum in their dealing act. Of course optimal would have been to have caught them before their illegal poaching acts. However it's better than having these criminals run riot and free...
Anonymous, Switzerland
06/11/2020 01:49
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No prison for such heidious crime...All such poachers who murder such magnificent animal should be hanged in public so others get lesson and noone dare to commit such crime
Ashish Bhatnagar, India
05/11/2020 20:01
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Agreed Steve.
Eric Dixey, Windham
05/11/2020 19:58
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Only 5 to 7 years? That's okay if you chop off their hands before they're released and sell them to the Chinese. This needs harsher prison time of 10-15 years minimum.
SteveC, Odessa FL USA
05/11/2020 02:36
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