Dozens of people were caught picking endangered flowers in a Russian park near the Black Sea over the weekend, when International Women’s Day was celebrated.
Flower sales soar in Russia around March 8, when most people feel obligated to present flowers and chocolates to female friends, co-workers and relatives.
In the Matsesta wildlife park, police caught more than 80 people who picked cyclamens, snowdrops and other species of flowers that are endangered, foresters said.
Senior forester Alexander Shavonin said offenders were fined $2.50 for each flower - a considerable amount in Russia. “However, the money collected in fines was not enough to compensate for the damage caused to nature by poachers,” Shavonin said.