Russia's whale release plan called success despite criticism

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Russia's whale release plan called success despite criticismRussian scientists said Thursday that an effort to put nearly 100 illegally captured whales back in open water has been successful so far, but some environmentalists claimed it was badly organized. The condition of 97 belugas and orcas kept in cramped conditions in Russia’s far east has drawn international concern, and President Vladimir Putin has personally ordered authorities to investigate the case and release the animals. Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Gordeyev told Putin Wednesday the whales have since fully readapted to a natural habitat.