The gunmen demanded a ransom and threatened to execute the crew if security services were alerted. But crewmen’s families and the shipowner appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev, who ordered the navy into action. The guided-missile frigate Ladny was sent to track down the Arctic Sea .Interesting reading and perhaps has most of the story, though the author of the piece still seems to have some lingering doubts.
The response fuelled reports that the ship was carrying a secret cargo. Suspicion mounted when sources close to Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, claimed that Israel had tipped off Russia that the vessel was smuggling missiles to Iran .
Sunday, November 08, 2009
A follow-on to the tale of what may have been, after all, Baltic piracy in "Lost"cargo ship Arctic Sea gives up its secrets: