"Elektron" captain charged

November 2nd, 2005  

Topic: "Elektron" captain charged

This is not directly military related but it is a consequence of the Russian Trawler that fled the Norwegian Coast Guard a few weeks ago. It seems like the Russians are taking this incident seriously and will press various charges including kidnapping.

Source Aftenposten English Web Desk

Russian authorities have reacted to the abduction of two Norwegian inspectors who were whisked away while trying to make an arrest for fishing violations.

The district attorney of Murmansk county has charged the captain of the Russian fishing trawler Murmansk with several offenses, including kidnapping the Norwegian inspectors.

"The Murmansk district attorney has decided to press charges on the basis of the material Russian authorities have received from Norway," a spokesman for the Russian prosecution told news agency Itar-Tass.

Captain Valeri Yarantsev is charged with violating the Russian penal code concerning illegal fishing and loss of liberty.

Police in Tromsų in northern Norway, who have been investigating the case, were taken by surprise by the news on Tuesday.

"We are a bit surprised and now need to clarify if this is correct," police commissioner Truls Fyhn told newspaper VG's web site.
November 2nd, 2005  
Good news for Norwegian-Russian relations. I have to say I am surprised, pleasantly surprised at this news.
November 2nd, 2005  
Well at least Putin is doing some thing positive