Russia to Return Japanese Fisherman

The Russian prosecution has launched criminal proceedings against the three fishermen who were on a schooner detained in disputed waters, while Japan is pressing Moscow for more details on the fatal shooting of one of the crewmembers.

Russian maritime border guards opened fire on a Japanese fishing vessel Monday in waters claimed by both countries, killing one man and arresting the rest of the crew.

The schooner, carrying about three tons of crab, 10 kilograms of octopus and 25 crab traps, was then convoyed to the Russian port of Yuzhno-Kurilsk.