MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) - Police have arrested
three men attempting to sell over 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) of emeralds
worth over 26.8 million rubles ($820,000) near Moscow, a police
source said on Thursday.
"In a cafe the village of Pokrov, in the Moscow Region's
Podolsk district, police officers detained three unemployed
men, one of them a Ukrainian national, who were attempting to
sell natural emerald crystals worth over 26.8 million rubles,"
the source said.
The men were unable to prove their ownership of the
stones. Investigators are working to establish how the men got
hold of such a large volume of emeralds.