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Militants freed Russian sailors trapped in Nigeria

July 22 2009

Released by the Russian sailors who were seized in Nigeria. This was stated by the chief editor of the online-edition of "Maritime Bulletin - Sovfracht Mikhail Voitenko.

According to him, "last night fighters Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta," reported that they were going for 24 hours to release six hostages sailors from the tanker Sichem IPRS, captured by them during the attack on the ship on July 6. "Only that it's confirmation that was released, "- said Voitenko.

He noted, "Among these six sailors three citizens of Russia, but one of them has a dual Russian-Ukrainian citizenship, is the captain, chief engineer and second engineer." "Most likely, they were all in order, and they are alive and well, there is naturally no ransom was not" - he said.

According Voitenko, "Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta," announced that it will do so as a goodwill gesture, they announced another cease-fire. "

"All this is happening regularly," the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta "pursues really political, not some gangster goal, although the methods of gangsters. Once they seize hostages at once, they begin any negotiations with the government on more equitable distribution of oil revenues, "- he said.

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