May 7th, 2010
07:07 AM ET

Russians release Somali pirates

The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday it had released a group of Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden this week, the Interfax news agency reported.

The pirates were released because of "imperfections" in international law, said Alexei Kusnetsov, defense minister.

Russian marines from the warship Marshal Shaposhnikov stormed the tanker Moscow University on Thursday, freeing its 23 crew members.


Filed under: Pirates • Russia • Somalia • World
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  1. un4givn2

    Gee, I know, let's buy them all presents while we're at it!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. bc004346

    Anoor: fisherman? I don't think they ever got any catch... and they keep forgetting rods somehow... I really don't understand why nobody has guts to execute them on the spot. Keep a few choppers or fighter jets around those waters and shoot at anything that resembles pirates... that'll do it.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ian

    The commentary published here is mostly rubbish.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. hampster

    Disappointment, would much rather see a picture of the pirates hanging one by one next to each other!

    May 10, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ekaterina

    OK, would you rather be executed quickly and painlessly (like the US does it – lethal injection, etc.)? Or would you rather be "released"on an inflatable bot with no navigation, paddles, food or water 350 miles off the shore... Hmm, there's punishment – and there's clever punishment disguised as following of the international law. Sorry you're so stupid not to understand the irony and the clever resolution. But here you go – I explained for you.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bostjan

    This is the latest news on http://www.en.rian.ru

    The Somali pirates who were captured in an assault operation after hijacking a Russian tanker near the Gulf of Aden and then released by Russian military officials have not reached the coast and have apparently perished, a top-ranking source in Russia's Defense Ministry told journalists on Tuesday.

    Russia's Moscow University tanker was hijacked last week near the Gulf of Aden. Ten pirates were captured and one was killed in the assault operation.

    The captured pirates were initially to be sent to Moscow for prosecution, but Russian military officials then made the decision to release them, citing the absence of a legal base to carry out prosecution procedures against pirates.

    The pirate's boat reportedly disappeared from radars an hour after they had been released by the Russian military.

    MOSCOW, May 11 (RIA Novosti)

    May 11, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. John

    ELEVEN PIRATES REAPED THE APPROPRIATE REWARD!

    THANKS RUSSIA

    May 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    IF ONLY THEY HAD BEEN ADOPTED BY HOLLYWOOD STARS WHEN THEY WERE BABIES, THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

    May 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GUS

    THE RUSSIANS DID WHAT AMERICANS CANNOT, THEY KILLED THOSE LAWLESS PIRATES, THE RADICAL LEFT WING HAS DISABLED AMERICAS STRENGTH. GOD BLESS RUSSIA!
    YOU CAN BE ASSURED RUSSIAN VESSELS WILL NO LONGER BE HIJACKED, THE USA VESSELS WILL REMAIN THE MAIN TARGET AS THEY KNOW AMERICA IS FOREVER WEAK THANKS TO OBAMA AND THE LIBERAL CONGRESS AND SENATE

    May 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Johnny Boy

    Everyone is stupid, "THEY LET THEM GO OMG! THEYRE GONNA KEEP ON HIJACKING SHIPS!" People...The Russians killed them. Check other forms of news besides CNN, do you think the Russians would allow the hijackers free to hijack more Russian oil tankers? No....they killed them.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. theris

    none of the released pirates survived. they were taken all their weapons and put on a boat that dissapeared from radars 500 km from the shore. they are considered dead.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. InAndOut

    the cnn does not speak the whole truth, guys. "Somalia calls for Russian explanation on pirates" by reuters: "Somalia's transitional government called on Russia on Friday to explain why it had cut 10 Somali pirates adrift in the Gulf on Aden without navigation equipment or much hope of survival". "We want an explanation from Russia on the death of our citizens," Abdirasak Aden, an official at Somalia's Information Ministry, told Reuters

    May 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yuriy Yashenkin

      Two questions for Somaly government. Before they asking Russian government, let they answer – what themselves have done to avoid this hi-jack? Are they ready to take responsibility for they citizens actions and pay compensations? I believe it will be fair.

      May 18, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. bill

    The russians supposedly let them go... day later found boat full of dead bodys.. they left that part out of the news

    May 19, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. A Russian

    Boys, RELAX! They didn't "release" them. They SHOT them and then threw into a boat and "let them go due to imperfections in the international laws". RELAX! Our boys know what they are doing. :-))

    May 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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