Three Russians who collected beetles in Sri Lanka were charged with 301 counts.
He explained that for each individual insect they were charged with trying to take them abroad, although the Russian citizens did not intend to take the beetles out of the country.
“It’s strange because the guys were detained not at the airport or on their way there, but in the national park. They didn’t have any tickets on them,” the lawyer said. Sukhov also said that all the materials of the case were provided to the defense in Sinhala and would have to be translated to work with them.
Among those detained in May this year is a zoologist Alexander Ignatenko, an employee of the Rostov zoo. In July he complained that he and two other Russians were not helped by the Russian embassy. He denies that he is guilty of violating the law and insists that the situation is a way for the Ceylon authorities to extort money from foreigners: he faces a fine of up to three million rubles or 40 years in prison.