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Japanese consul accused of unlawful actions leaves Vladivostok

Motoki Tatsunori declared persona non grata in Russia

VLADIVOSTOK, September 28. /TASS/. Consul of Japan’s Consulate General in Vladivostok, Motoki Tatsunori, who was earlier detained while buying restricted information, has departed from Vladivostok to Moscow, a law enforcement source told TASS on Wednesday.

"He did not fly directly to Japan, he headed to Moscow first. The flight already departed this morning," the source said.

The diplomat is travelling aboard flight SU-1701 from Vladivostok to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

Detention of Japanese Consul

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on September 26 that a Japanese diplomat was caught red-handed while procuring classified information, for pay, about current aspects of Russia’s cooperation with an Asia-Pacific country, and about the impact of the West’s sanction policy on the economic situation in the Primorye Territory.

Later, the Russian foreign ministry summoned the Japanese embassy’s minister counsellor to express a stern warning and hand over a corresponding note. The detained Japanese diplomat, Motoki Tatsunori, was declared persona non grata and was given 48 hours to leave the territory of Russia.

The Japanese side, however, insists that the man had done nothing illegal. It expressed protest and demanded apologies.