Russian FSB expels detained Japanese vessel from Russia

11:50, 10 June 2021
Russian FSB expels detained Japanese vessel from Russia Photo: Ad Meskens/ BY-SA 4.0

Russian Federal Security Service FSB has expelled Japanese vessel Eiho Maru No. 172 detained earlier while fishing off Sakhalin’s coast, FSB sources told RIA Novosti.

According to the Russian security service, the guilt of the fishing boat's captain was determined. The crew of the vessel violated the rules entering the economic waters of Russia. The FSB officers discharged protocols under Articles 8.17 and 18.6 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offences, the violation of this section is liable for a fine. In addition, a certain amount will be recovered from the Eiho Maru's captain for disobeying border guards during detention. In total, the Japanese side ordered to pay a fine of 6 million rubles ($83,130.00).

Japan has paid the fine in full, FSB representatives said. After that, the administrative detention was removed from the vessel and Eiho Maru No. 172 was expelled, guarded by a Russian border control ship.

The incident involving Japan’s Eiho Maru No. 172 fishing boat off Sakhalin’s coast occurred on May 28. The FSB office reported that a Japanese boat was detained in the Sea of Okhotsk when it was attempting to flee. Later Foreign Ministry of Japan said that the ship was in the country’s exclusive economic zone when it was detained by the Russian border security service. However, Moscow said Eiho Maru No. 172 entered the economic waters of Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk.