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Russian black caviar keen to re-enter global market

In Soviet times the USSR was the world's leading supplier of black caviar - but these days you will struggle to find legally produced Russian caviar outside the country.

It introduced a strict export ban to protect the dwindling number of sturgeons in the Caspian Sea.

But now that ban has been partially lifted and Russian producers are keen to re-enter the global market.

The government thinks more state control will help achieve both goals: fight illegal fishing and increase exports.

Ekaterina Drobinina went to find out how the idea of a state monopoly on caviar goes down in the industry.

For more on the programme visit Russia Business Report.

  • 25 Dec 2010