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The pirates released by the Russians drown… unfortunately


Moscow University seen from an Australian maritime patrol plane, pirate skiffs can be seen on board the boat (Credit: Australian Department of Defense)

(BRUSSELS2) The Russian navy's assault to liberate Moscow University ended in dramatic fashion, according to information broadcast by the Russian agency RIA Novosti. Knowing the crew had taken refuge in a safe room at the bottom of the ship, the ship had moved closer under cover of night and the Russian commandos had attacked in the early morning.

A takeover which lasted only 22 minutes according to a military source cited by our Russian colleagues. A pirate was killed during the exchange of fire and several others injured. After alternations from the Russian justice system, the pirates were released aboard one of the skiffs, the prosecutor considering that he did not have the legal basis to prosecute the perpetrators.

We learned today that, according to a source from the Russian Defense Ministry, the skiff and its passengers disappeared from radar screens about an hour after being released. The 10 pirates are presumed drowned. It wouldn't be the first time that pirates have drowned. But the facts are disturbing and rather suggest a little help from the Russian navy in the drowning, like a penalty shootout.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).