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Ukrainian Cows Kidnapped, Trafficked to Russia, Police Say

Published: July 18, 2014 (Issue # 1820)



  • The 172-head herd went missing Wednesday night from a farm in Luhansk region's Belovodsky district.
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Against the backdrop of blistering diplomatic tensions between Moscow and Kiev, a 172-head herd of cows has been illegally trafficked across the Russian border, the Luhansk region branch of Ukraine's Interior Ministry claimed Thursday.

The herd went missing Wednesday night from a farm in Luhansk region's Belovodsky district, Tatyana Pogukai, the head of the regional branch of the Interior Ministry, wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday.

According to Pogukai's statement, a trail of hoof tracks found near the scene clearly indicated that the herd had been spirited away to Russia.

A lone cow who was believed to have strayed from the herd was discovered one kilometer shy of the Russian border.

This is not the first time cows have injected drama into the already tense cross-border relations between Russia and Ukraine. Earlier this week, Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance criticized Crimeans' purchase of cows from Ukraine, which the service claimed were brought into the peninsula without the proper identification and veterinary certificates, the Ukrainian National News Agency reported.





 


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Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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