Russia: Gold found in roadside socks lands man in court

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Image caption Gold bars on display in a bank

A Russian man has been found guilty of illegally possessing more than a dozen pieces of gold he found in some socks by the roadside, it's been reported.

Bagaudin Estermirov, from the Amur Region in Russia's Far East, found 18 ingots of gold worth 10.5 million rubles ($171,000; £116,184), wrapped in three black jersey socks in bushes in the town of Zeya last October, Interfax news agency reports. But instead of reporting his precious find to local police, he kept it stowed away under a seat in his car. That is until officers from Russia's Federal Security Bureau (FSB) in Amur Region finally tracked him down.

A Russian district court on 17 March handed down a two-year suspended sentence for "illegal possession of a precious metal" after Estermirov fully admitted his guilt, according to a statement from the official website the regional prosecutors office. The gold, which weighed about 8kg, was handed over to state coffers, it added.

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