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    COPS SEIZE SEA EXPLORER IN RUSSIA'S BALTIC EXCLAVE-TO RELEASE AFTER CHECK?

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    KALININGRAD, April 12 (RIA Novosti/Northwest news agency) - Police detained celebrated deep sea explorer Evgeni Chernyaev in Kaliningrad, administrative centre of Russia's Baltic exclave. The matter will be settled, and a resolution made public within a few days, the press service of the transport police board for the Russian west reassures Novosti.

    The prosecutor's men are considering the controversy, and will sum it up within the two next days, to be followed by an official statement, said our police interviewee.

    Russian-based media outlets are all in a fever about Captain Chernyaev's plight, and say local policemen badly battered him at the Kaliningrad seaport.

    Police PR, in their turn, say the deep sea hero was drunken and unruly, and flatly deny him beaten up.

    Rashid Nurgaliev, federal Interior Minister, ordered a home check on the controversy, an official ministerial spokesman announced today.

    Evgeni Chernyaev has been piloting his "Mir" bathysphere for fifteen years now. He made terrain shooting of the submerged "Titanic" for James Cameron's cult movie of the same name, and was active in investigating the "Kursk" nuclear submarine wreck of August 2000, and conserving the vessel. The daring captain worked on the Barents Sea site for five days and nights to go down in his "Mir" on ten occasions and spend more than 96 hours underwater. The exploit brought him the Order of Valour.

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