The Sakhalin border guards released the Japanese fishing schooner Eikhomaru, detained at the end of May. The arrest was removed from the vessel after the Japanese side paid a fine of 6 million rubles, according to the FSB border department in the Sakhalin region.
The schooner was detained for non-compliance with fishing rules in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation. The owner of the ship and the captain were brought to administrative responsibility under Part 2 of Art. 8.17 (violation of the rules and requirements of fishing in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation) and Art. 18.6 (violation of the order of passing checkpoints) of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation. The captain was also fined under Part 2 of Art. 19.4 (obstruction of the activities of border guards) of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation.
The FSB claims that during the proceedings, the ship’s captain’s guilt was fully proven. “The schooner was expelled from the territory of the Russian Federation, accompanied by a coast guard ship of the FSB of the Russian Federation”, – quotes “RIA Novosti” message of the border department.
Japan protested to Russia in connection with the detention of the schooner. Tokyo claimed that the ship was in the Japanese Exclusive Economic Zone. The FSB said the ship tried to escape when asked to stop.