Kremlin To Talk With Far East Officials Of 'Detained' Orcas, White Whales - Peskov

 Kremlin to Talk With Far East Officials of 'Detained' Orcas, White Whales - Peskov

The Kremlin will ask Oleg Kozhemyako, the governor of Primorsky Territory in Russia's Far East, to address the problem of killer whales, or orcas, and white whales that may have been caught illegally for further export, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 19th December, 2018) The Kremlin will ask Oleg Kozhemyako, the governor of Primorsky Territory in Russia's Far East, to address the problem of killer whales, or orcas, and white whales that may have been caught illegally for further export, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

According to local media reports, 11 killer whales and 90 white whales, caught in the summer and fall of 2018, remain detained in cramped enclosures in Srednyaya Bay in Primorsky territory, while the investigation into their case is ongoing. Greenpeace Russia told Sputnik in October that 13 killer whales were about to be sold illegally to China. According to the environmentalists, these animals were caught ostensibly for purposes linked to culture and education, although real motives were commercial.

"We know that this topic is being actively discussed. And, let's put it this way, the environmentalists are sounding the alarm. We are intending to talk to the re-elected governor of Primorsky Territory so that he might address this issue," Peskov told reporters.

The spokesman added that the Kremlin was aware of the situation with the animals held in the bay in the Far East after they had been caught for further sale to oceanariums, some of them in China.

"For some commercial reasons, their case was appealed in court, and these animals have been 'detained' for quite a long time now," Peskov said.

The spokesman stressed that the animals could not be released at the moment, but, at the same time, they needed more room to be able to move freely and avoid freezing.

According to Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin has yet to see the letter of Pamela Anderson, actress and environmentalist, urging the Russian authorities to outlaw catching killer whales and white whales for export.

"No, he hasn't familiarized himself [with the letter] yet," Peskov said.

The actress said earlier in December that she had written to the Russian president, adding that she would like to return to Russia to discuss protecting Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

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