Two Ukrainian fishers detained in Azov Sea by Russia accused of poaching

Source : 112 Ukraine

Now the fishermen are in the custody
11:35, 24 May 2018


The FSB of Russia has opened the criminal cases due to the poaching against two Ukrainian fishermen detained in Azov Sea on May 10. TASS reported this citing the press service of the FSB Border Guard Service in Krasnodar Krai.

'The criminal proceedings were opened against the citizens of Ukraine detained on May 10 for the illegal extraction of the aquatic bio-resources in the waters of the Azov Sea', the message said.

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FSB reminded that the Krasnodar border guards detained the fishers without the documents when they aimed to the place where the illegal fishing gear was placed earlier.

'The illegal actions were stopped by the officers of the Coast Guard patrolling this region', the FSB noted.

The fishers were taken to Yeysk port and the vessel was arrested. The criminal proceedings opened due to the illegal extraction of the aquatic bio-resources and illegal extraction and turn of high-value wild animals and aquatic bio-resources belonging to species from Red Data Book of Russia or protected by the international agreements of Russia. They can be imprisoned from two up to seven years.

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The source from the law enforcement bodies claimed that the fishers are in the custody.

'The court decided to hold them in the custody. They should be transferred to the temporary detention facility in Krasnodar', he said.

As we reported two fishermen from Berdiansk (Zaporizhia region), who went missing in the Sea of Azov, were probably detained by Russian border guards and are in Yeysk, Krasnodar Krai.

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Wife of one of the fishermen, who set sail in the Sea of Azov on May 10 on a motorboat and did not come back, called the duty room of Berdiansk National Police on May 11 at 18:26.

The woman informed the police that she received a call from Russia’s Border Guard Service and found out that her husband and his friend are in Yeysk, Krasnodar Krai.

On May 4, Ukrainian fishing vessel YMK-0041 (home port Ochakov) was detained in the waters of the Black Sea for the illegal catch of the flounder. The personnel consisting of five Ukrainians was taken to Crimea as Russia’s FSB Border Guard Service claimed.

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Ukraine's Foreign Ministry expressed the protest against the detention of the Ukrainian boat by FSB and demanded to release the sailors.

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea investigates the detention of Ukraine's fishing vessel by Russia.

The criminal proceeding is opened in Russia against a citizen of Ukraine, captain of fishing vessel YMK-0041 detained in the Black Sea on May 16.

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