Morgue fridge holds corpse, coffin, caviar

Dec. 29, 2011 at 9:15 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Pounds upon pounds of red and black caviar were stowed next to bodies at a St. Petersburg, Russia, morgue, police said.

Police said the caviar, typically served at Russian New Year's celebrations, belonged to a 64-year-old entrepreneur who ran a funeral home in a St. Petersburg hospital and a 42-year-old morgue attendant, The Moscow Times reported Thursday.

The two "stored and packed red and black caviar next to the corpses inside the morgue's pathology department," police said.

About 298 pounds of red caviar were in containers labeled "Aviation Security. Checked," police said. A paramedic said containers labeled "Biological Waste" were found in a body storage room.

The two men said the caviar was "meant for their private use to celebrate the new year and a party for the hospital personnel," police said.

Charges haven't been filed, but police said they were investigating the origins of the caviar to determine whether it came from endangered species and whether its storage violated sanitary laws.

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