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Three Russian seafarers were released, who were kidnapped by pirates in the Benin waters in April

May 26, 2020

Three Russian seafarers kidnapped by pirates aboard a freighter in Benin’s territorial waters in April have been released and are already returning to Russian territory, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

“As reported by the Russian embassy in Nigeria, the three members of the crew of the container ship Tommi Ritscher, who were kidnapped by pirates in the sovereign waters of Benin on April 19, were released on May 23,” said the spokeswoman for Das Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zajarova in a statement by the Russian news agency Sputnik.

On the day of the liberation, the three Russian sailors left the Nigerian city of Lagos on a flight to Russia and called a German airport. “The three seafarers are in good condition,” said the department headed by Sergey Lavrov.

Three Russian seafarers were released, who were kidnapped by pirates in the Benin waters in AprilThree Russian seafarers were released, who were kidnapped by pirates in the Benin waters in April

The container ship ‘Tommi Ritscher’ with the Portuguese flag was at anchor in the port of the city of Cotonou when it was attacked by pirates on April 19. The corsairs took eight crew members hostage, three of whom were Russians and the remaining five from Bulgaria, the Philippines and Ukraine. The Russian embassy in Nigeria has not clarified whether the other crew members have been released.