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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gem Ring Broken

MOSCOW -- Police have cracked an international crime ring dealing in stolen gems and seized $28 million worth of emeralds and other precious stones, a top official said Sunday.

Presenting part of the booty, a jewel case holding huge cut emeralds worth $1 million, First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Kozlov said the confiscated gems included stones from the Ural Mountains region and fake diamonds from other countries.

The Uralmash organized crime ring was a key player in the gem deals, Kozlov said on RTR television Sunday.