29 January 2013, 13:29

Moscow makes moves to ensure release of Russians in Nigeria

Moscow makes moves to ensure release of Russians in Nigeria

Russia is taking all necessary steps to have the15 Russian seamen, arrested in Nigeria, released.

This came in a statement by the Russian Ambassador to the African country in question, Alexander Polyakov.

According to him, the seamen are held in a deluxe prison cell with a ventilator in it, with the Russian Embassy doctor visiting them on a regular basis.

The Myre Seadiver motor ship was detained at the Nigerian seaport Lagos in October last year on suspicion of arms smuggling.

The crew did have several sub-machineguns and ammunition on board to protect them against pirates, with the munitions declared as required.

It transpired earlier that the Nigerian court has postponed the Russians’ cellular detention until February 14, however, no charges have been brought against them.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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