MOSCOW (AP) -- Officials say villagers in Russia's south Urals region have stumbled upon a gruesome discovery -- four barrels left in a forest containing 248 human fetuses.
Police in the Sverdlovsk region said the fetuses, preserved in formaldehyde, were kept in barrels with tags marked with surnames and numbers. Police believe that they may have come from four local hospitals and have started an investigation. The fetuses have been placed in a local morgue.
The Russian Orthodox Church used the incident to emphasize its opposition to abortions. A statement said the discovery highlights the degradation of Russian society.
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