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Russia says pirates who held tanker are freed [new version of article- did they really?]
Associated Press ^ | 7 May 2010 | Jim Heintz

Posted on 05/07/2010 10:38:08 AM PDT by verum ago

MOSCOW – The pirates seized by a Russian warship off the coast of Somalia have been released because of "imperfections" in international law, the Defense Ministry said Friday, a claim that sparked skepticism — and even suspicion the pirates might have been killed.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: moscowuniversity; pirates; somalia; somalipirates
Article raises a good point- how is this incident different from the last highjacking of a Russian vessel; those pirates were delivered to Moscow for trial. So why the supposed release..?
1 posted on 05/07/2010 10:38:08 AM PDT by verum ago
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To: verum ago
Catch and release is cheaper than feeding these parasites in prison, particularly if the "inflatable" is cheap . . . and leaking.


2 posted on 05/07/2010 10:41:59 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1

Death is freedom.


3 posted on 05/07/2010 10:42:55 AM PDT by redfreedom (Just a simpleton enjoying the freedoms a fly-over/red state has to offer.)
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To: verum ago

Maybe the just SAID the pirates were released.


4 posted on 05/07/2010 10:48:55 AM PDT by poobear
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To: verum ago

I think there is almost NO chance they were released. They were executed and tossed overboard.

Dead men tell no tales.

SnakeDoc


5 posted on 05/07/2010 10:49:28 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant [...] that even a god-king can bleed.")
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To: redfreedom
Death is freedom.

LOL!!

I was thinking the same thing.

Freed?

From their Mortal Coil?

From their daily existence?

From their Human experience?

6 posted on 05/07/2010 10:50:26 AM PDT by Mr. Quarterpanel (I am not an actor, but I play one on TV)
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To: verum ago

I really don’t get all the flap over this!!

If you are so reckless as to attempt piracy on the high seas, you have basically forfeited all right to proper treatment from authorities, and especially from the authorities of the country whose shipping/merchantmen you have just assaulted!


7 posted on 05/07/2010 10:50:28 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Communism is a dead letter". Ortega y Gasset)
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To: verum ago

Free to swim with the fishes...


8 posted on 05/07/2010 10:51:15 AM PDT by BushCountry (scratch here ############################### to reveal my thoughts on the Obama Administration.)
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To: verum ago

They are free to swim back to their homes.............unfortunately, we are at least 100km from land...........


9 posted on 05/07/2010 10:54:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you'll know that its desolation is NEAR. Luke 21)
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To: verum ago

I hope Moscow told the Russian sailors to put bullets in the pirates heads, and “free” them by dumping their bodies over the side. That way they save transportation costs, and the bother of guarding them.


10 posted on 05/07/2010 10:54:45 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (The 0bama regime represents an "Clear and Present Danger" to the US - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: verum ago

“and even suspicion the pirates might have been killed”

If the Ruskies had any balls left those pirate would have died a painful death.


11 posted on 05/07/2010 10:55:25 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: verum ago
Knowing the Russians, my bet is that they're feeding the fishies as we speak.
12 posted on 05/07/2010 10:56:54 AM PDT by Desron13
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Why bother with the bullets?


13 posted on 05/07/2010 11:02:09 AM PDT by verum ago (The US Armed Forces: if you mess with the best, you die like the rest!)
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To: verum ago

Just because they were “released” doesn’t mean that they were alive when it happened.


14 posted on 05/07/2010 11:05:47 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: verum ago; All
There are a lot of freepers that have a practical view of the realities here!
15 posted on 05/07/2010 11:07:22 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: Pollster1
cheaper than feeding these parasites in prison

Read Gulag Archipelago. Russia doesn't spend a lot on feeding prisoners.

16 posted on 05/07/2010 11:10:07 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: verum ago
I don't believe there are any bleeding heart liberals in Russia.
The scum are now feeding sharks. . . . .
Guaranteed. . . . .
17 posted on 05/07/2010 11:10:45 AM PDT by DeaconRed (I have had all I can stands and I can't stands NO MO--Call me Popeye)
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To: marktwain

They could have been release over the side alive - 50 miles out.


18 posted on 05/07/2010 11:11:18 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: from occupied ga

I’ve read it. Still, it’s cheaper to feed sharks one meal than to feed people for years.


19 posted on 05/07/2010 11:12:31 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: verum ago

20 posted on 05/07/2010 11:14:06 AM PDT by Hillbillary (I know how to deal with Communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Hillbillary

?


21 posted on 05/07/2010 11:18:53 AM PDT by verum ago (The US Armed Forces: if you mess with the best, you die like the rest!)
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To: verum ago

Use better bullets—train shooters better. Simple. Sharks need food, also.


22 posted on 05/07/2010 11:58:50 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: verum ago

I’ve not always had good things to say about Russians; particularly during the Soviet era, but THIS is ONE aspect of the Russian psyche that I have always admired: their hard-nosed, no-nonsense manner in dealing with clear and present threats to them.

The Russian response to threats from terrorists and other such elements is, and most always has been, clinical, utilitarian, and final. The old Soviet empire, while it is legitimately castigated for its handling of those who expressed dissent over its policies, seemed most often to “get it right” on matters such as we have at hand.

So, then, I think the only unanswered question is, “How does a Somali say ‘Shark bait’?”


23 posted on 05/07/2010 12:24:18 PM PDT by HKMk23 (The Democrat Legacy: Hoax and Chains)
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To: HKMk23
“How does a Somali say ‘Shark bait’?”

Alluha Akbar?

24 posted on 05/07/2010 12:32:02 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: verum ago

“Freed” in the technical sense.

Throw them overboard, and let them freely swim 500 miles home.


25 posted on 05/07/2010 12:37:20 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: from occupied ga
They could have been release over the side alive - 50 miles out.

Per news stories, pirates were released 300 miles from the shore in an inflatable raft (boat.) I don't know what currents exist there, but for those pirates it will be an unforgettable trip, even if they have food and water.

Also reports say that the reception of the radio beacon stopped after 1 hour after release. There is no reason for pirates to turn it off, the beacon is helping them. The line of sight distance (assuming a U/VHF beacon) is 18 miles (I had to guess antenna heights.) So one scenario is that the ship moved away from the boat at 18 mph. The ship's speed is up to 35 kt (40 mph,) but it's not alone, and the fully loaded tanker is probably pretty slow. Another scenario is that the inflatable raft sank for whatever reason.

26 posted on 05/07/2010 12:39:29 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: verum ago
"You're not going to take us to Russia, are you, Captain?"

"Of course not. You're my chum."

"Oh, thank Alla . . . uhhh..."

27 posted on 05/07/2010 12:41:12 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (OK, this isn't funny anymore. Tell the truth; who's *really* the president now?)
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To: verum ago

Wow, this didn’t take long. Seems like I had just read about the Russian ship being taken and people posting comments about here come the Speznez.


28 posted on 05/07/2010 12:50:58 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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To: verum ago

I saw one report that the Russians released them in an inflatable raft miles off the coast of Somalia. Catch and release has a different meaning for the Russians.


29 posted on 05/07/2010 1:07:07 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money'" M. Thatcher)
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To: The Great RJ

The ship was captured 300 miles south east of Socotra which would put it mid point between Somalia and southern India. - the engines were stopped and it drifted for a few days so I figure it would be about another 50 miles further south east when it was recaptured.

The engines were restarted and it continued on it way to China until the they received word to release them in a rubber boat with no food, water, navigational aids or means of propulsion.

They would be at least 800 miles east of Somalia. They will never be heard of again.


30 posted on 05/07/2010 2:22:45 PM PDT by Cardhu
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To: SnakeDoctor

“They were executed and tossed overboard.”

Or told to walk the plank and swim back.


31 posted on 05/07/2010 3:39:17 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: The Great RJ

oh man I like that version of the story.


32 posted on 05/08/2010 10:36:53 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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