Record Restitution Payment Sentenced for Poaching in Primorye


Primorsky regional court ruled to recover more than 9 million roubles ($149,229) in restitution from a local resident in order to compensate environmental damage he caused during illegal hunting, namely for killing Amur leopard cat, Black vulture, mandarin duck, 6 Amur tigers, 12 Brown bears, 34 Asiatic black bear, 4 sea eagles, and 7 sika deer.

Partizansky district court of Primorsky krai found the man guilty (article 258 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Part 2. Illegal Hunting committed by a person through his official position or by a group of persons in a preliminary conspiracy, or by an organized group) It was identified that from June 2011 through April 2012 the convicted offender with other unidentified individuals poached in Lazovsky and Partizansky districts of Primorye, and killed rare and endangered birds and animals listed in the Red Book.

We would like to remind you that the man was arrested as a suspect of poaching in April 2012 when large quantity of skins and derivatives of wildlife including rare species listed in the Red Book were found in his refrigerator containers in Nakhodka. The Prosecutor of the city of Nakhodka referred to court with a claim to recover from the hunter the restitution value, but the city court dismissed the claim. However, judicial collegium for civil cases of Primorsky regional court cancelled the first-instance court’s decision. On February 1, 2017, the regional court satisfied plaintiff’s claim towards the hunter in full scale.



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