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Tons of caviar stolen in Moscow
Red caviar
Caviar is usually a must for Russian New Year celebrations
A massive haul of red caviar worth 13m roubles ($470,000) was stolen from a lorry in Moscow during the New Year festivities, Russian media report.

The lorry containing 22 tons of caviar was parked in south-west Moscow while its owner was celebrating the New Year.

The owner, an unnamed Russian businessman, only returned to check his cargo on 2 January.

The criminals managed to penetrate the guarded parking lot and break the locks on the lorry, police discovered.

They unloaded and took away all 845 cans of caviar.

A standard small 140-gram tin of red caviar costs 200 roubles ($7).

Caviar is a feature of most Russian dinner tables at New Year - the most popular and widely celebrated holiday in the country.

Russians usually enjoy a long break running from New Year's Eve until just after the Orthodox Christmas on 7 January.

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