About 50 human embryos have been discovered in four plastic barrels in a Sverdlovsk region forest, regional police said.
Attached to the embryos, which had been preserved using formaldehyde, were tags containing surnames and numbers. Police believe that the numbers indicate the hospital wards of the women who produced them, Sverdlovsk region police spokesman Valery Gorelykh told Interfax.
The barrels were found Sunday evening without their lids in a ravine near a highway linking Nizhny Tagil and Yekaterinburg, Gorelykh said. Police and officials from the local branch of the Investigative Committee are conducting an inquiry in connection with the discovery.