Russian sailors face prison sentences in South Korea

Five Russian sailors and the owner of the Palladium vessel, owned by the Russian Federation, were sentenced to a different term by a South Korean court. He is charged with leaving the port without appropriate documents, contrary to the arrest imposed on the ship, disobedience to the coast guard and resistance to detention.

About this news agency RIA News said the representative of the Russian Consulate General in the South Korean city of Busan, Roman Bykov.

The owner of the vessel Palladium was sentenced to two and a half years and fined, and the captain faces a fine and one year in prison. Three Russian sailors will receive 10 months each. The senior mechanic was announced imprisonment with a suspended sentence, which in judicial practice in South Korea usually means a suspended sentence.

The sentence of convicts must enter into force in a week, if no appeal is made within this period. Whether Russian sailors will challenge the verdict is not yet known.

The ship has been in the port of Busan since last August. Onboard the Palladium there were 15 people, but some of them had already returned to Russia.

The owner who arrived on the ship ordered to leave South Korea, despite the lack of documents and the accumulated debts. As a result, the Palladium was detained by the coast guard.
  • Photos used:
The publication is looking for authors in the news and analytical departments. Requirements for applicants: literacy, responsibility, efficiency, inexhaustible creative energy, experience in copywriting or journalism, the ability to quickly analyze text and check facts, write concisely and interestingly on political and economic topics. The work is paid. Contact: [email protected]
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must to register.
I have an account? Sign in
  1. Monster_Fat Offline Monster_Fat
    Monster_Fat (What's the difference) 6 March 2019 11: 42
    There is nothing to regret about these "Russian sailors", from the word "absolutely". Familiar Russian guys, those who go to sea, unanimously say that this is such a practice - dozens of "Russian" seafaring companies, which go under bandits or are Greek, Croatian, etc., or are registered in offshores, are used to throwing sailors for money. There is such a scheme: the captain enters the management link of the company and receives a part of the profit, in addition, he manages the fund for repairs, the purchase of supplies, etc., he saves money in every possible way (he will save more, he will put more in his pocket) - he usually keeps a share of the senior mech and the first mate, with a cargo assistant, and they, in turn, feed a couple of three people from the team who press the dissatisfied. The rest of the team members are kept in a black body, exploited mercilessly, frightening with fines and the fact that they will not write overtime. A common practice on such ships is throwing money, when in a certain port, muzzled crew members are simply forced to leave the ship, having paid a minimum amount of money, or no money at all, and forced to sign documents confirming no claims against the company. Obviously, there was someone from the team who, in this situation, was not afraid to contact the port authorities and announced a violation of the "Seafarer's Complying Procedure" - in the past few years this procedure has been specially introduced in the maritime law for such cases and this is a very serious procedure with a very serious consequences for such "throwing" companies and the command staff of courts, where violations in the payment of wages, the calculation of hours, etc. will be revealed. So, they serve them right.
    1. Kuzmitsky Offline Kuzmitsky
      Kuzmitsky (Sergei) 7 March 2019 17: 23
      It turns out interestingly. A man sits without work and a salary in a foreign port for six months. Perhaps he didn’t even have anything to go home. But in the end, he also goes to prison for almost a year. Probably lucky.