PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, July 25 (RIA Novosti, Oxana Guseva) - Alexei Kozlov, a Russian businessman charged with poaching crab in Russia's exclusive economic zone and selling it in the United States and Japan, was sentenced here Thursday to seven years in prison.
According to the investigation, boats belonging to Marimpex and Chukotryba, companies owned by Kozlov, caught over 2,000 metric tons of crab and sold it in the U.S. and Japan in 1998-2000, costing Russia over $30 million in lost revenue. Kozlov gave orders to the captains by satellite phone from his office located in the state of Washington (the United States).
The prosecutor's office has filed several claims in this case aimed at compensating the Russian Federation for the lost revenue. The court has transferred these claims to civil proceedings.
Kozlov has 10 days to appeal the court's verdict. Kozlov's lawyer said he intends to review the verdict and work on a common strategy with his client before making the decision to write an appeal.