Russia's Federal Frontier Service, or FPS, has said it is still unclear what actually happened to the Russian Tulun trawler.
The incident was most probably a result of a property dispute between two ship-owners claiming the vessel, the FPS press centre suggested Wednesday. "To confirm or disprove the report that the fishing vessel was seized by gunmen will only be possible when it is returned to a Russian port," said FPS.
Gorbachev was not isolated from the world during the days of the State Emergency Committee. Gorbachev could be contacted via secret communication channels, and he was perfectly aware of what was going on
In 2011, Russia signed a 1.2 billion-euro contract with France for the construction of two Mistral-type vessels