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Crew of Arctic Sea released after nearly two weeks
The 11 members of the crew of the hijacked ship were flown from Cape Verde to Russia nearly two weeks ago.
The Russian news agency Interfax reports that the men returned to their home town of Archangelsk, where they were met by their families.
On Sunday, Russian authorities gave conflicting accounts of whether or not all of the crew would be released.
The online portal life.ru reported that only nine members of the crew had been released.
Rabbe von Hertzen of the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said that no information had come to Finland during the weekend about the release of the crew.
Sailors Say Ship Went To Bermuda Triangle
Crew members of the Arctic Sea cargo ship joked that they had disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle and been fed ice cream by pirates as they returned home to their families in Arkhangelsk on Sunday.
But the 11 sailors, who were greeted by relatives as they stepped off a train from Moscow, refused to shed any light on what had happened between July 24, when their ship was purportedly seized by hijackers near Sweden, and their rescue off the western coast of Africa by the Navy on Aug. 17.
The sailors also would not discuss their subsequent two weeks in Moscow, where investigators questioned them and only allowed them to contact relatives Thursday.
Meanwhile, the web site of the Sovfracht Maritime Bulletin, run by piracy expert Mikhail Voitenko, crashed Friday afternoon and remained down Sunday. Voitenko believes that the Arctic Sea saga has political overtones, and the issue has been widely discussed on his web site. “The site is down, and the forum too,” Voitenko said in a statement. “At the moment, I have no idea when it will open. I don’t know why it is down either.”
What other ships could they use? They could look for it or not look for it, but to look for it I don't see any other possibility than using war ships.
Originally posted by wayno
Why was Russia so concerned that it used its war ships?
I saw somewhere that those repairs lasted only two weeks, so I doubt they were major repairs.
Originally posted by Gordi The Drummer
The Arctic sea was in Kaliningrad, and some major "repairs" were carried out there, including removing and replacing a bulkhead? while the crew were absent (on holiday).
The only problem with that is that both versions (there was no need to look for radiation/there was a radiation check) were only know after, so it's even harder to know which of those (or both) happened.
The Finnish authorities say that there was no need to check the vessel, for radiation etc since the vessel was a regular visitor there, and had NO SIGNS of being adapted, or repainted etc?? (Even after Major repairs???)
They later said that they HAD checked it for radiation?
You forgot to mention who received the hijacking report and failed to pass it for four days, it was Sweden, right?
The "boarding" wasn't reported for Four Days, despite serious assaults and injuries to crew?
I only object to the use of the "then", it looks like it was switched because of the helicopters, but that is just me nitpicking.
The AIS transponder was then switched off.
I have seen several people saying that but I haven't seen any reference to that legislation change, could you point me to it? Thanks.
The Russians, rush through emergency legislation, allowing them to send the fleet to the Atlantic in pursuit.
Where did you got that "Russian/Latvian/Estonian crew" part, wasn't the crew only Russian?
The Maltese vessel, with Finnish Cargo, heading for an Algerian port, now MINUS it's russian/latvian/estonian crew, is taken to a Russian Naval Base (with brand new weapons storage facility)????
Guilty until proved innocent.
The innocent crew are locked up in Jail cells?
Another thing that I haven't seen anywhere, could you please give me a source to that? Thanks.
Hijackers were not on board when the vessel was "found".... then they were in custody?
- To counter an attack against Russian Armed Forces or other troops deployed beyond Russia’s borders;
- To counter or prevent an aggression against another country;
- To protect Russian citizens abroad;
- To combat piracy and ensure safe passage of shipping.