On December 22, one of the federal TV channels showed a documentary about an illegal fishing for Kamchatka crab and its sale abroad.
The documentary reported that the criminal business of illegal fishing for Kamchatka crab in the Sea of Okhotsk and its sale in South Korea and Japan was organised by Oleg Kan, among others. It told that the Primorsky Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia brought to justice D. Polyakov who had been an accomplice in the murder of entrepreneur Pkhidenko in 2010 investigated by the Committee and who had also worked in this area. The court sentenced him to 7 years of imprisonment in 2011. In reference to Kan, a motion was filed to recognise him as an accused as he had organised the murder; he was added to the wanted list. However, upon receiving of the probe materials for further investigation by the Sakhalin Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee, the officers proved wrong the previously established arguments and decided to drop the criminal inquiry into Kan and the pre-investigative probe.
The Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia instructed to seize the probe materials from the Sakhalin Regional Directorate. Units of the Central Office will thoroughly inspect the legitimacy of the procedural decisions taken.