Russians accuse Chinese poachers of poisoning rivers in quest for delicacies

By Anatoly Medetsky, Associated Press

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, June 24, 2003: Two Chinese poachers pour herbicides into a shallow Russian river, and minutes later dozens of dead frogs come belly up. One of the poachers, clad in a khaki jacket and high rubber boots, wades into the water and stuffs the limp bodies into a plastic bag.

Russian border guards videotaped the scene last year as evidence of a practice Chinese poachers began using widely last year — allegedly poisoning about 10 Russian rivers near the border with China. Officers then detained the pair and handed them over to China.

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Source: Associated Press