More expensive than gold, the Russian mob is on to him

This kind of deletion, let Zeng’s zheng, from ” argument to hold fair ” into ” to protect the barbarians “. Caviar + foie gras + truffles, known as the three delicacies of the West, are the top ingredients, and caviar is one of the relatively familiar to our countrymen.

Caviar is made from the eggs of sturgeon or sturgeon, and the eggs rupture in the mouth, filling the entire mouth with a fatty and mellow flavor. However, some diners think it is too fishy and salty for the Chinese taste buds.

Whether the Chinese love it or not, there is no denying that caviar is worth its weight in Gold in the international market. It is generally believed that the best quality caviar is produced from the roe of sturgeon in the Caspian Sea, with the roe of the “Okou” being the most popular and expensive. The Caspian sturgeon is now an endangered species, and some experts claim that the wild Caspian sturgeon has actually disappeared, which adds to its preciousness.

Over-seeking can also be a burden

And for some creatures, human favor may lead to extinction

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Favored by the rich and famous

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Because of its rarity and cost, top quality caviar is known as the “black gold of the table” in Europe. In the European underground market, a kilo of caviar can reach the level of 3,000 euros, and when it is served to people’s tables, it will be doubled by another 6-10 times, making the price close to real gold.

Precious and expensive

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There are huge profits in any trade in between, so the caviar trade, too, is being targeted by the Russian mob.

Big shocks around the Caspian Sea

The sturgeon and sturgeon needed to make caviar are distributed roughly between 40° and 50° north latitude, from the Black Sea, Caspian Sea, and Siberian region to the Heilongjiang River basin in China.

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Caviar is considered to be one of the world’s oldest delicacies. It was mentioned in the Greek chronicles as early as the 3rd century B.C., and after the 10th century, it became a must-have item on the tables of many European aristocrats through trade.

Caviar was also equated with luxury and extravagance

Caviar’s value grew with each passing day as the rich and powerful climbed the ladder.


Later, caviar from the Caspian Sea was found to be even more delicious, and it was an important export commodity from Tsarist Russia to the Soviet Union. At this Time there were only two countries around the Caspian Sea – Russia/Soviet Union and Iran. In order to ensure sustainable production, the governments of both countries strictly controlled fishing operations for Caspian sturgeon to prevent over-consumption of this precious species.

Nature’s gift is limited

Moderate fishing can lead to a win-win situation for both the economy and the survival of the species

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In 1980, a major smuggling case was uncovered by the Soviet Ministry of Fisheries. After a KGB investigator opened a can of herring and discovered that it contained precious black caviar, the KGB launched an investigation. It was discovered that some senior officials of the Ministry of Fisheries had colluded with foreign companies to sell caviar in the name of herring and then divide the huge profits through Swiss banks.

With the huge wealth at hand, the greed was overwhelming

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After the revelation of the incident, it was impossible to bring those responsible to justice because the chain of interests was too extensive, from the Ministry of Food Industry and Foreign Trade to the Navy, from industrial workers to ordinary fishermen, which was extremely complicated and involved the whole body. Strong as the KGB, there is no solution.

Unpasteurized fish eggs need to be refrigerated from the time they are removed to the time they are served on the table.

Smuggling is very lucrative, but the middle process requires a lot of work.

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After the inevitable breakup of the Soviet Union, the Caspian Sea changed from two to five countries in an instant, and with the dramatic changes in society, there were no more restrictions on sturgeon fishing, and the production of caviar reached a staggering level.

From 2 to 5 countries around the Caspian Sea

As the number of actors increased, the willingness to cooperate for conservation decreased▼

Caviar became hard currency

After the dissolution, the sturgeon fishing industry in the Caspian Sea went completely out of control. The Caspian Sea sturgeon, especially the sturgeon species, was nearly extinct due to heavy fishing. According to statistics, the Caspian Sea sturgeon production was 26,000 tons in 1985, but in 2004, only 760 tons were produced. At that time, some experts pointed out that if the neighboring countries do not control, this kind of animal may disappear in 2010.

The wild sturgeon fishery is no longer seen in abundance

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Of course, such conservation is difficult, because even at the risk of breaking the law, there are still people willing to fish for sturgeon privately. Around the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union, people in the CIS countries were having a hard time. All prices, from bread to rent, were rising, and incomes seemed increasingly meager. For the coastal population, caviar had huge profits, and the start-up capital required only a net and a knife.

In the face of survival, the sustainability of the species seems less important

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A Caspian fisherman catches a sturgeon and sells it at a dealer for $3. After the dealer’s backhand, they are then sold on the international market for tens or hundreds of times the price.

The price of an item depends not only on the item itself

It also includes the environment in which it is located, the services that come with it, etc.

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The difference is staggering, but there’s not much fishermen can do about it, because they can’t afford to mess with this dealer. Whereas in the past it was the Soviet Ministry of Fisheries, in the 1990s it was the mafia active around the Caspian Sea that was in charge.

These mafias are divided into two main groups, one is the largest Russian mafia, the Sontsevo Brotherhood, the main force, they have the typical characteristics of young Slavic males, generally wearing sportswear, personality frivolous and aggressive, cruel and savage.

As the largest mafia in Russia

Drug trafficking, human trafficking and caviar trafficking, as long as the money is not left behind


This faction is loosely organized, and its members are basically young gangsters. After acquiring the precious caviar by various means, they choose to give priority to transporting it to Moscow via inland waterways or public railways, selling some of it in Moscow and then finding ways to get it to Western Europe and the United States.

An upscale American restaurant serving caviar dishes

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The other group is a mafia of predominantly Caucasian ethnic groups, which are complex and largely spread across the three countries of South Russia and the South Caucasus, and are mostly of Islamic faith.

They often clashed with the Russian mafia, especially during the Chechen War. Compared to the Russian mob, they are smaller in number, but have the advantage of unity and organizational stability. In contrast to many Russian gangs who joined the organization as a youngster, Caucasians join gangs mostly to survive as a group. For them, gangs are Home, faith, and a lifelong career, so they have a greater sense of belonging.

Old Country Association

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Caucasian gangs are also inextricably linked to the newly independent Caucasian countries. For example, when Azerbaijan was embroiled in the conflict with Armenia, it was in dire need of military funds, and its domestic resources, such as oil, were either untapped or destroyed. Therefore, the “black gold” of caviar became an important way for Azerbaijan to obtain foreign currency through the hands of the mob.

One more job than the customs and police of other countries

Checking smuggled caviar


Unlike the Russian gang, the Caucasus gang has a more complicated chain of caviar transactions. They first ship it to Turkey by various means, most commonly by sea of people, each carrying the 250 grams of caviar they are legally allowed to obtain to the Turkish port of Samsun. Once arriving in Turkey, the caviar gained international recognition and became a legal Turkish product that could be exported at will, regardless of weight restrictions.

In Turkey, caviar is more readily available

Not only is it available in spice markets

It is also available in sandwich stores.

However, only a small percentage of this caviar is found in the restaurants of Istanbul’s Taksim Square in Turkey, and most of it is sent to the United Arab Emirates to be splurged on by wealthy Arabs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s ultra-luxurious hotels built to new super five-star standards.

Arabian oil in exchange for expensive caviar in other countries

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Adventurer’s Paradise

Although the gangs do a rampant job of smuggling caviar, they and the authorities in each country know that whichever route they take, it is fraught with crisis. It’s not an exaggeration to say that trafficking in caviar is playing with your head on the belt of your pants.

Even though wild sturgeon populations have declined dramatically

there are still plenty of farmed fish that can produce caviar

Russia is no longer the largest producer, but production is still objective

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It was only because of the social environment at the time that honest and conscientious people were the victims of society. Those big factories and businesses became privately owned, and land annexation went unchecked, leading to an endless stream of violent crimes in Russia and deadly wars in the Caucasus countries. The endless street battles left everyone living in fear, and violence against violence was a daily occurrence.

The harder the lower and middle classes lived, the more extravagant the upper classes became. A new bourgeoisie emerged in Russia, called the “Russian nouveau riche”, mostly relatives of former Soviet officials or speculators who found support in the chaos. Naturally, they have a megalomaniacal mentality and are eager to prove their wealth.

Caviar was favored for the parties of Russian tycoons

It’s even known as natural Viagra…

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Caviar is one of their luxury items.

In 1997, Russian artist Andrey Logvin produced a poster titled “Life is Beautiful,” which featured an aphorism in black caviar and a background of red caviar.

The artist used this work to satirize the rich people can eat expensive foie gras, caviar, and drink imported red wine from Western Europe in a high-class restaurant, but there are probably poor people just a wall away who can’t even afford to eat hard black bread, rely on vegetable Soup without a few leaves to feed their hunger, and have to avoid the occasional fires of gangs in the ghetto, which truly explains the Russian version of “the stench of wine and flesh, the road has frozen bones This is a true interpretation of the Russian version of “the stench of wine and flesh, and the bones of the dead.

With this work, the artist shows his concern about the increasing gap between the rich and the poor in society.

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The intertwining of materialism, money, guns and the tragic situation of ordinary people form a realistic picture of the CIS countries from the 1990s to the beginning of the 21st century.

The caviar industry was also linked to crime because of the monopoly of the mob, when the phrase “there is no legal caviar in Europe” was used, and a trendy Culture called “caviar cartel” emerged in the West, indicating wildness, danger and youth.

There are a lot of peripheral clothing, which has become a trendy symbol…

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To this day, the market has been replaced with salmon, trout and cod eggs for red caviar, and there are large sturgeon breeding bases around the world, such as China’s Qiandao Lake produced sturgeon caviar has accounted for 60% of the global market. However, in a general sense, these are affordable alternatives, and the wealthy in Europe and the United States are really willing to spend a lot of money to consume the black caviar produced in the Caspian Sea.

Caviar’s popularity has little to do with its nutritional value

Rather, its scarcity and high price reflect the luxury that the wealthy need

As for the mass-produced ones, it is naturally difficult to be looked at

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Due to the diminishing production of Caspian Sea caviar and the strong demand for it, the criminal industry chain for it still exists and is difficult to prohibit, even becoming more profitable ……