Russia: Sailors rescued from Nigerian pirate captivity arrive in Crimea

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Published on 6 Mar 2017, 14:21
Two out of seven Russian sailors, who had been held captive by Nigerian pirates and released the day before, were welcomed by their relatives at Simferopol airport, Monday.

According to Sevastopol human rights commissioner, Pavel Butsai, "the hijack was sudden because it happened far from the Nigerian coastline. Nobody expected this attack." He added that "none of the sailors was hurt."

SOT, Pavel Butsai, Sevastopol human rights commissioner (Russian): "The hijack was sudden because it happened far from the Nigerian coastline. Nobody expected this attack. There were some shots during the capture. Thank God nobody was injured. None of our [sailors] was hurt."

SOT, Pavel Butsai, Sevastopol human rights commissioner (Russian): "[I would like to thank] the Russian diplomats who made no difference between the citizens of Russia and a citizen of Ukraine, who was among the crew members. They [the diplomats and the representatives of the sailing company] fought equally for each of them."

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