A macabre find was made in a city in south-east Russia: Twenty-seven pairs of what appear to be human hands, local reports say. Police were called and a search uncovered a bag containing 56 hands, some of them missing fingers.
Police said the bag ended up dumped on a small island in the middle of a river after being disposed of in an "inappropriate way".
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A decision will then be made on whether to prosecute the forensic service for failing to guard its gruesome collection of severed hands.
Might the hands have been severed from recently-died corpses which had been plundered for body parts - to hide the identity of victims used in this black market trade?
There is "mystery over who the sinister hands belonged to, when they were chopped off - and why", reported The Siberian Times.
Officers are now "carrying out checks and studying all the circumstances of this event", a spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee said.
Local media reported that next to the remains were found medical bandages and hospital-style plastic shoe covers.
'... the biological items (human hands) do not have criminal background...? It's unclear whether the bodies that they were once attached to would have been dead or alive at the time.
Another was that it could be the work of the Yakuza, a transnational organised crime syndicate originating in Japan, or a Chinese mafia gang. Let's be honest. Why were these limbs amputated and stored in the same place and later utilised in such an odd way'. As Lenta.ru remarks, wrists of unidentified bodies are cut off in the morgue in order to fingerprint after special processing and run them through the database.