Russia said on Tuesday nothing suspicious was found on board the Arctic Sea ship, whose seizure by suspected pirates off the coast of Europe this month sparked a media storm.In a separate statement, the Mafia reports that organized crime is not a problem, either.
Media reports had speculated that the ship had a secret cargo of arms or even nuclear materials, saying a ship carrying timber in some of the world's best policed seas would be an unlikely target for pirates.
"The initial inspection of the ship did not uncover any suspicious cargo," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
UPDATE: Someone didn't get the email: Russia's top investigator said it is possible a freighter embroiled in a high-seas mystery was carrying more than just timber, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.
The Russians are probably being honest, but it sure feels like "Nothing to see here, move along."