Support The Moscow Times!

Arctic Sea Case in Court

The Prosecutor General’s Office sent a case against six people accused of hijacking the Arctic Sea freighter last year to the Arkhangelsk regional court on Friday, the prosecutor’s office said on its web site.

The ship, which set sail from Kaliningrad to West Africa with a cargo of timber, disappeared in July 2009 off the coast of Sweden and was rediscovered and boarded by the Russian Navy off Cape Verde a month later. The incident prompted speculation that the vessel might have been carrying a secret cargo such as arms for Iran.

The suspected pirates, Alexei Andryushin, Dmitry Bartenev, Igor Borisov, Alexei Bulev, Vitaly Lepins and Yevgeny Mironov, face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. All have denied wrongdoing.


… we have a small favor to ask.

As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just 2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.


Read more