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MOSCOW, March 29. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry wants to buy five rhesus macaques for about 1.5 million rubles ($21,700), according to documents posted on the state purchase website on Tuesday.
The macaques are needed for the Defense Ministry’s 48th Central R&D Institute in Kirov in east-central Russia.
"Clinically healthy male macaques born in 2010-2011. The availability of a veterinary certificate," the requirements set to the macaques in the state procurement documentation say.
The R&D institute is ready to pay almost 300,000 rubles ($4,340) per macaque. Bids for the tender will be accepted through April 8 and the tender will be held on April 15.
Reports came in early March that Russia’s Defense Ministry was planning to buy five bottlenose dolphins for 1.75 million rubles ($24,475) at a state procurement tender.
The tender documentation specified that the Russian Defense Ministry needed two female and three male dolphins between 3 and 5 years of age. The ministry wanted to buy the species with the body length of 2.3 to 2.7 meters. The state procurement document emphasized that the dolphins "should display motor activity."
The bottlenose dolphins should be caught in the presence of marine mammal specialists and transported by freight vehicles in bathtubs with sea water, according to the document posted on the website of Russia’s state purchases.
The dolphins that will be caught should necessarily undergo a 30-day quarantine period at a facility "provided by the contractor," the document said.
The document didn’t say, however, for which purposes the dolphins would be caught.
It was reported in late 2014 that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet had held exercises with combat dolphins. The Russian Defense Ministry dismissed these reports at that time. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said "there is no need in using the exotic methods of protecting the adjacent water area.".