Russian faces up to 7 years in Indonesian prison for smuggling orangutan

Russian faces up to 7 years in Indonesian prison for smuggling orangutan
Andrey Zhestkov

A 2-year-old monkey fed with sleeping pills, was found in the luggage of a Russian man, 27, at the Bali airport.

A Russian was detained for smuggling on Bali - he wanted to carry a living orangutan across the border. Andrey Zhestkov was detained by Indonesian law enforcement officers, reports AFP.

When inspecting the luggage, airport employees found a two-year-old animal, fed with hypnotic drugs. As reported by the 27-year-old exotic lover, he received this anthropoid ape as a gift from a friend.

“Russian diplomats have received a corresponding notification of the incident, at present the head of the consular department is dealing with the incident,” said Denis Tetyushin, representative of the Russian Embassy in Jakarta

According to the law of Indonesia, smuggling of wild animals may lead to imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of 7 thousand dollars.

This genus of monkeys is represented by three species. They are in danger of extinction in the wild, mainly due to the ongoing destruction of habitats. In spite of national parks, deforestation continues, now illegally. Another serious threat is poaching of orangutan cubs for illegal trade. In this case, the mother is usually killed, since it does not give up her child. The status of Sumatran and Tapanul orangutan is critical. Kalimantan orangutan is in danger.

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