Aug 13, 2009

Ice Pirates!

Now it’s getting interesting.

After spending most of the week dusting off bad pirate jokes from last year's Faina hijacking (Dude Where's My Freighter?), it looks like the latest saga in pirated freighters might not be piracy after all…


"I think there was probably some sort of secret cargo on this vessel, not criminal but secret, and a third party of some sort did not want the cargo to get to another party so this highly sophisticated operation was cooked up," said Mikhail Boytenko, editor of Russia's respected Sovfracht maritime journal. "I don't think that it was pirates who took this vessel but it really smells of some sort of state involvement. This is real cloak and dagger stuff, like a (John) le Carre novel."

If Boytenko is right, we suspect the culprits have made off with the one thing people are really willing to kill for, a secret shipment of limited edition Obama matryoshka dolls.

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