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Russia arrests Ukrainian fishermen in Crimea for 10 days

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainians were accused of poaching
17:00, 16 February 2020

Maksym Terekhov
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The “court” in the annexed Crimea ruled out to arrest four citizens of Ukraine for 10 days for poaching.  Earlier Russian FSB detained Ukrainian fishermen in the Sea of Azov with a flounder catch, as Interfax reports.

Ukrainians were found guilty of disobeying a lawful order of federal security service officer under article of the Administrative Offenses Code of the Russian Federation, according to a press release from the border department of the Russian FSB in the Republic of Crimea.

An administrative case was opened on the fact of illegal extraction of aquatic biological resources under article of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (violation of the rules for the extraction (catch) of aquatic biological resources).

On February 15, Russia's FSB detained the vessel, saying that the crew performed illegal fishing activity. Later, Russian law enforcers interrogated the sailors who admitted illegal fishing. They were arrested for 10 days.

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The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol launched criminal proceedings under articles 146 and 278 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine on the fact of an unlawful seizure by Russian FSB border guards of a Ukrainian ship with four people on board.

The investigation found that the occupant “law enforcers” on February 15 detained a small ship with four fishermen on board in the western part of the Sea of Azov. The vessel and fishermen were brought to the port of Kerch for trial. All four at the questioning allegedly “admitted” to the fact of poaching.

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