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Foreign Survivors Of Russian Shipwreck Fined, Deported

Foreigners who survived the sinking of a Russian fishing vessel earlier this month have been fined and deported.

At least 62 crew members, many of them foreigners, died when the trawler Dalny Vostok sank in the Sea of Okhotsk on April 2 with 132 people aboard.

State-run news agency TASS quoted an unidentified Russian Foreign Ministry representative in the Sakhalin region as saying on April 13 that 22 Burmese citizens and two Latvians had been sent home over the weekend, and that two citizens of Vanuatu would be deported on April 15.

A Federal Migration Service official, also unidentified, told TASS that all 26 foreign survivors have been fined 2,000 rubles (about $38) for working in Russia without a permit.

The Foreign Ministry official said the recovered bodies of foreign victims would also be sent to their home countries on April 15.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax