Authorities in Russia's Sverdlovsk region have ordered an inquiry after local residents discovered four plastic barrels holding some 248 human fetuses dumped in a forest in Russia's Ural Mountains.
Officials said the remains, discovered on July 22, appeared to have come from at least three hospitals in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Sverdlovsk region.
Photographs from the site showed tags with names and numbers -- apparently the numbers of hospital wards -- attached to the fetuses.
A local resident told state television the remains were found by a fisherman.
Regional officials said it appeared that a company responsible for the disposal of biomedical waste "did not carry out its duties."
Based on reporting by Reuters, the BBC, ITAR-TASS, and Interfax