Russians detained for bear paw smuggling

Two Russian men have been detained for smuggling bear paws across the border in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Chinese customs authorities said.

Officials said that during a check of a worn minivan, they discovered dozens of bear pays hidden within the tires.

A total of 213 bear paws were found, worth about 2.8 million yuan. At present, two Russian nationals have been detained.

Bear paws are considered a delicacy in some parts of China and are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Brown bears are on China's second-class state protection list and hunting them or trading their body parts is illegal.


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