Russia to Release 100 Illegally Captured Whales
Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Gordeyev said that the operation to fully re-introduce the mammals back into the wild would take at least four months.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials have launched an operation to release nearly 100 illegally captured whales whose confinement in Russia’s far east has become a rallying cry for environmentalists. A state TV reporter made the announcement during President Vladimir Putin’s live Q&A show on Thursday, saying that by “coincidence” the operation began just before the start of the show. Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Gordeyev said during the show that the operation to fully re-introduce the…