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Russian Ship Impounded In Poti

Georgian authorities have announced that the country's coastguard service has impounded a Russian ship for allegedly polluting the Black Sea off the port city of Poti.

The Georgian Maritime Police claim the vessel's crew dumped sewage at Pier No.9 at the port.

The ship's captain, Viktor Kiryakov, a Russian citizen, was detained and charged with committing an administrative offence.

Kiryakov was fined 65,000 laris ($39,500) and also obliged to pay 605 laris ($367) in damages.

The ship will reportedly be released after all due fines are paid off.

Based on reporting by and Interfax