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Russia Announces: Pirates Have All Died

The ‘feel-good story’ of the week, from a surely outraged but too chicken to admit it, Associated Press:

Pirates ‘have all died,’ Russia says, after decrying ‘imperfections’ in international law

May 11, 2010

MOSCOW, Russia — Following high level complaints about "imperfections" in international law, Russia announced Tuesday that captured Somali pirates "have all died." A Russian official claimed  that 10 pirates seized by Russian special forces aboard an oil tanker last week were quickly freed but then died on their way back to the Somali coast.

The unidentified high-ranking Defense Ministry official did not elaborate on how the pirates died, deepening a mystery that has prompted speculation the pirates were executed by commandos who had freed a Russian oil tanker seized in waters 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of Somalia’s coast.

The official told Russian news agencies the pirates’ boat disappeared from Russian radar about an hour after their release.

"They could not reach the coast and, apparently, have all died," the official said

We suspect the cause of death was over-hydration — or perhaps, lead poisoning.

Russian officials have said one of the 11 pirates was killed during a gunbattle when the Russian special forces stormed the tanker on Thursday. The others, some said to have been wounded, were brought aboard a Russian destroyer.

Officials initially said they would be taken to Russia for trial, but the Defense Ministry said Friday they’d been released because of "imperfections" in international law. The statement was met with skepticism, especially in light of a comment made by the Russian president.

"We’ll have to do what our forefathers did when they met the pirates" until the international community comes up with a legal way of prosecuting them, Dmitry Medvedev said on the day the ship was stormed.

Oddly enough, that does not seem to include reading pirates their ‘Miranda rights.’

The international community has had difficulty formulating an accepted policy for trying suspected pirates

You have to hand it to the Russkies, they don’t spend too much time worrying over world opinion.

In two other piracy-related developments on Tuesday:

— EU Naval Force Lt. Cmdr. Carl Sjostrand said pirates hijacked a Bulgarian chemical tanker off the coast of Somalia with 15 Bulgarian crew aboard. When it was taken over, the Pangea was in the Internationally Recognized Transit Corridor, a region off East Africa that is patrolled by warships. Sjostrand said only 17 minutes elapsed between when the Pangea raised an alarm and when the pirates attacked.

The spokesman for the European Union’s anti-piracy force, Cmdr. John Harbour, said pirates released a cargo vessel they had held for more than a month. Harbour said the pirates left the vessel early Tuesday, three days after they had received a ransom

Compare and contrast.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Russia Announces: Pirates Have All Died”

  1. arb says:

    What do you call 10 dead Somali pirates?

    A start.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    Sounds like the old USSR to me.
    Or the old style of police work in Chicago: “He fell down the stairs (five times)”.

  3. JohnMG says:

    The Russians are going about this all wrong. They should outfit all the Somalis with pirate boats and send them out to sea. Then, obliterate Somalia from the map. That way, when the pirates try to find their way back home, they won’t have a home to find their way back to.

    • proreason says:

      Sounds like a plan for Harvard Yard, Detroit and California…….and of course, for Washington D.C.

  4. conant says:

    Do you suppose the Russkies forgot to Mirandize them too?

  5. Zilla says:

    “over-hydration ”

    Good line.

  6. Right of the People says:

    It’s hard to swim with your hands tied behind your back.

    Maybe its time we adopted the “Russian model” in dealing with terrorists, zero percent recidivism.

  7. misanthropicus says:

    Hardly a fan of Russian ways (at leat when it comes to foreign affairs) – yet, the absurd (or inexistent?) approach took by the powers to be in this matter simply justifies their (still hypothetical) act –
    Same pirates, if brought to the US would have been double-dozen-lawyered hy some ACLU and Amnesty loons, afforded some mystery global rights, we would have heard from Holder and Barry some rumniations about colonialism, racism and oppression…

    … then, we would have heard that the “police acted stupidly”… then we would have heard about the pirats sueing the US for breaking the… who knows what, but what can you expect from such a rotten thing like the US…

    …then we would have heard that… the pirates WON some millions dollars damages… the unlucky crew that had captured them being sued to the hilt by the Justice Department… Elena Kagan leading the charge…

    So, spasibo Vladimir –

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    “We suspect the cause of death was over-hydration — or perhaps, lead poisoning.”

    It’s early in the year; but this line is in the lead for “Best Analysis of the Year” handsdown!

    Thank you again, Steve! Great shot!!!

  9. fallingpianos says:

    You have to hand it to the Russkies, they don’t spend too much time worrying over world opinion.

    Especially when they have had a hand in shaping it.

  10. Mithrandir says:

    Russians: Looks like they all drowned.

    Media: Why are there bullet holes in the back of their head?

    Russians: Well, they drowned, then we shot them to see if they were dead.

    Media: Ah….no further questions.

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