The shoe was on the other foot for the crew of a Russian fishing boat seized with its crew on August 18 by the U.S. Coast Guard. American authorities claim that the Russians had been caught red-handed fishing in U.S. territorial waters in the Bering Sea, and with more than a ton of fish on board. The ship and crew are being held in the Alaskan port of Kodiak. The Russian crew has denied that it was fishing when the U.S. ships approached, and it was announced yesterday that the Russian Foreign Ministry has appealed for the ship and crew to be released. (Itar-Tass, August 26-27)
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