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Russians detained for bear paw smuggling

EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Two Russian men were detained for smuggling bear paws across the border in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Chinese customs authorities said. Officials said 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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