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A court in the Russian city of Murmansk on Friday slammed the captain of the detained Lithuanian fishing vessel, the Jūros Vilkas (Sea Wolf), with a fine of 4 million roubles (around EUR 59,000), representatives of the ship's owner, Arctic Fishing, told BNS.
Russian court fines captain of detained Lithuanian fishing ship
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The ruling in the administrative case can still be appealed within 10 days.

On 23 October, the Murmansk court reduced the original bail for the vessels to 36.6 million roubles from 113 million roubles.

Lithuania says Russia detained the fishing vessel illegally in September after armed officers seized control of it.

Lithuania 's Ministry of Agriculture later accused the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) of failure to notify Lithuania and other countries about changes in the boundaries of Russia’s special economic zone following the signing of a bilateral fishing deal with Norway. As a result, the Jūros Vilkas could have sailed into Russia’s special economic zone while crab-fishing in the Barents Sea.

Agriculture Minister Virginija Baltraitienė has turned to the European Commission, demanding that the NEAFC takes responsibility for the incident. But a response has not been received yet.

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