Villagers in Russia’s south Urals forest came across four barrels containing 248 human fetuses – an encounter which has prompted an immediate investigation.
The Law enforcement agency in the Sverdlovsk region said the fetuses, conserved in formaldehyde, were stored in barrels with tags identifying surnames and numbers.
The fetuses have been placed in a local morgue for the time being. It is not yet clear why the fetuses had been stored there but concerns have risen with the realization that the barrels contained medical waste that a third party company was hired to dispose of humanely.
The fetuses were confirmed as aborted human remains ranging in age from 12 to 16 weeks. Russian laws only permit abortions up to the 12th week of pregnancy.