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The seizure of the animal parts was made  between Chita and the Zabaykalsk border crossing into China.

The poached paws and elk lips were hidden in 32 bags with the intention to smuggle them to China, said police.

Olesya Ivanova, an interrogator for TransBaikal police, said: ‘When the minibus driver was stopped, he said that his cargo was meat, but failed to provide any documents. 

‘The driver was told to follow police to their local office. 

‘Inside the bags we found 468 bear paws and 37 elk lips.’

Read the full story at the Siberian Times.