seven Russian and one Ukrainian sailors after they were captured
last month on the cargo ship, the BBC Caribbean, Russian news
agencies have reported, citing a human rights activist in
The sailors were released after talks between the owners of
the ship and pirates.
Reuters reported that Interfax news agency quoted human rights activist Pavel
Butsay, in the city of Sevastopol, as saying the sailors were at
a Frankfurt airport and planned to return home next week.
Mr Butsay told TASS news agency that a ransom was paid but did
not reveal the sum.
Security experts class West Africa’s waters, especially off
Nigeria where many pirates originate, as some of the world’s
most dangerous, with attackers often targeting oil tankers and
holding hostages for ransom.