January 31, 2011

Only in Russia: a riddle wrapped in an enigma and shrouded in mystery
— Purple Avenger

Back in 2009 the cargo ship Arctic Sea mysteriously vanished and six men have been accused, and pleaded guilty, to hijacking it...but the story apparently isn't quite so simple.

...the circumstances surrounding their case are so murky, and the official version so implausible, that their relatives are convinced they were duped into covering up something the Russian government wants to remain secret...

...the alleged pirates claimed they had been hired to conduct temporary environmental work - gathering evidence of illegal pollution from ships - and were training on a rubber boat in the Baltic Sea when a storm blew them off course. They said they were rescued by the Arctic Sea...

...last year a handwritten letter allegedly penned by one of the jailed men - an unemployed roofer before the Arctic Sea incident - appealed to the international community to take concerns over pollution in the Baltic Sea seriously...

...Only a few crew members are taking part in the trial in Arkhangelsk. They've been barred from talking to reporters about the alleged hijacking...

...Mr Bartenev wonders why Russia is trying a case involving a ship registered in Malta, owned by a company in Finland, and alleged to have been intercepted in Swedish waters by residents of Estonia. He also wonders why the eight alleged hijackers and some of the crew - 16 people in all - were flown from Africa to Russia on two large Ilyushin-76 cargo planes capable of carrying 40 tons each, if not also to carry weapons or other illicit cargo...

I have no fracking idea what's really going on here, and the stock "hijack" story sounds pretty thin, but I'm certain there's a heck of a spook novel or award winning movie script here waiting to be written.
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" - HST

Posted by: Purple Avenger at 01:11 AM | Comments (33)
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1 We will probably never know what went oon here.

Posted by: Vic at January 31, 2011 01:24 AM (M9Ie6)

2 In Putin's Russia, ship hijack you.

Posted by: In Exile at January 31, 2011 01:32 AM (hZgbf)

3 After reading the article...wow.  Slow clap for Russia.  They detain people for random charges better than just about any country on earth.

Posted by: In Exile at January 31, 2011 01:38 AM (hZgbf)

4 I don't trust ice covered countries.  You know they still club to death baby seals in Canada, but you never hear about it anymore.

Posted by: Case at January 31, 2011 01:49 AM (s07P2)

5 I don't think they don't club them anymore.  They shoot them.  Totally different.

Posted by: Shannow at January 31, 2011 01:52 AM (CbwLb)

6 Oh, no.  They club them.

Posted by: Case at January 31, 2011 01:55 AM (s07P2)

7 Clubbing them is passe.  Dick Cheney spears them.

Posted by: In Exile at January 31, 2011 01:56 AM (hZgbf)

8 My wife is an Air Force brat. She has an Eskimo doll that her father got her when he was stationed in AK many years ago. It is made from baby seal fur and you would not believe how soft that stuff is.

Posted by: Vic at January 31, 2011 01:58 AM (M9Ie6)

9 When you're killing by the thousands/millions, bullets eventually get expensive.  Clubs don't need reloading and are cheap.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at January 31, 2011 01:59 AM (IbzMi)

10 @ 7: Clubbing them is passe.  Dick Cheney spears them.

With his stare.



FIFY

Posted by: Doc Rochester at January 31, 2011 02:07 AM (sbsoQ)

11 It's one of the Stargates...which incidently runs on baby seal blood.

Posted by: unknown jane at January 31, 2011 02:14 AM (5/yRG)

12 They make great booze in Canada, so they do have that going for them.  And a province can secede if they want to.  We need something like that here.  I would be willing to trade the entire northeast U.S for Alberta.

Posted by: Case at January 31, 2011 02:35 AM (0K+Kw)

13 "It doesn't have to be a good plan"

Posted by: Adm. J.P. (USS Obvious Quip) at January 31, 2011 03:16 AM (dxXO1)

14 Oh, no.  They club them.

They tried stomping on them like roaches, but too many people were slipping and falling.As soon as the Democrats lose the White House the homeless will reappear in the news, baby seals will be clubbed in photography magazines, we will see flag draped caskets, pictures of our soldiers being blown to bits by IED explosions, our air force will be bombing wedding parties, the Klan will make a comeback on page one (and the stories will some how fail to mention that the Klansmen are all Democrats)  and the economic news will go from bad to awful etc. In other words the entire propaganda machine of the MFM will be unleashed full force once again

It is not blood libels that the media unleashes on Conservatives that are the most effective of their weapons - it is the thousands of paper cuts per day over eight years that bring their party back into power.

Normally with a Democratic president in power the news would be much better than it is - but it galls the Klan types in the media to have a black president so they have to run bad news stories.

Posted by: An Observation at January 31, 2011 03:43 AM (ylhEn)

15 What a happy Monday mornig.

Posted by: wildwood at January 31, 2011 03:47 AM (VSWPU)

16 Six Estonians hired to do environmental sampling - soon to be quietly exchanged to Israel for some Russians to be named later. I'm guessing S300's on that ship, if official - or a bunch of crap if this was on_the-left, and is just embarassing for Moscow.

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2011 04:23 AM (dEIa7)

17 Hey, this is a country that convicted Khodorkovsky twice for stealing basically stealing the entire output of a major international oil company! Not skimming 1% or 5% - stealing all of it. Evidence? Who needs evidence?

Posted by: Rahm The Barbarian at January 31, 2011 04:27 AM (Hu/Da)

18 I don't trust ice covered countries.  You know they still club to death baby seals in Canada, but you never hear about it anymore.

Posted by: Case at January 31, 2011 06:49 AM (s07P2)

Dick Cheney once invited me to become a member of the Harp Seal Club.  The have polo shirts with a great logo.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at January 31, 2011 04:28 AM (CpbrP)

19 Crappy Democratic Presidents, artificial shortages and inflation, Islamic revolutions, post-Americanism...

Leeeeeet's do the tiiiiiiiiime warp agaiiiiiiiiiin...

/sings no better in text than in reality

Posted by: AoSHQ's DarkLord© at January 31, 2011 04:34 AM (GBXon)

20 Smuggling Asian cheerleaders?

Posted by: eman at January 31, 2011 04:44 AM (n0WLs)

21 The answer is obvious; they were retrieving a downed UFO.

Posted by: George Noory at January 31, 2011 04:52 AM (OKZrE)

22 The answer is obvious; they were retrieving a downed UFO. Posted by: George Noory at January 31, 2011 09:52 AM (OKZrE) That's just nuts, dude.

Posted by: Fox Mulder at January 31, 2011 04:53 AM (n0WLs)

23

 He also wonders why the eight alleged hijackers and some of the crew - 16 people in all - were flown from Africa to Russia on two large Ilyushin-76 cargo planes capable of carrying 40 tons each, if not also to carry weapons or other illicit cargo...

Obviously one was carrying Cheney's penis, which had been on vacation clubbing baby seals.  Duh!

Posted by: Ms Choksondik at January 31, 2011 05:05 AM (F+Y9Z)

24

I think it is quite clear what happened.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/46t6hr

Posted by: Wonkish Rogue at January 31, 2011 05:16 AM (IzPTF)

25 Hmmmm... Spies disappearing??? how... /silence....

Posted by: #6 at January 31, 2011 05:20 AM (AdK6a)

26 Hmmm.... SMERSH?

Posted by: Yakov Bondski at January 31, 2011 05:22 AM (AdK6a)

27 He's here! I *know* he's here! That's him, I'm telling you that's him! You hear me? I'm telling you it's *Keyser Soze*!

Posted by: Arturo Marquez at January 31, 2011 05:51 AM (mHQ7T)

28 The Russian's play chess while Obama plays with shiny objects.  

Posted by: Beagle at January 31, 2011 06:21 AM (sOtz/)

29 Probably a weapons (nuclear or conventional) shipment on the way to Iran.  Or the stone block to unlock the portal to the old "gods" from Hellboy.

the sinner,

Patrick

Posted by: Patrick at January 31, 2011 09:05 AM (R6iwA)

30 If you're going to quote Churchill, get it right: "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma..."

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