Thursday, September 3, 2009

Russian ship's "secret stash"?

The case of a ship carrying lumber that went missing for three weeks -- presumably hijacked by pirates -- took a rather weird twist today when a Russian journalist named Mikhail Voitenko said he was forced to flee his homeland because he felt it was his duty to tell the truth; that the Arctic Sea was carrying a secret illegal arms cargo.

Many people have suspected that there was more to the story all along. How could a ship travelling through EU waters, the most heavily monitored on the planet, just disappear like that; and why would pirates want just €1 million of lumber? Wouldn't oil, or gold, or some other commodity, be more worth the trouble?
We need more truth tellers like Voitenko. Let's not forget it's been three years since a Russian journalist was gunned down, many think under direct orders from Vladimir Putin. Russia needs democracy and free speech back, and the sooner the better as far as I'm concerned.

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1 comment:

WesternGrit said...

China has more "democracy" than "Wild-wild-West" Russia right now... And that's a pretty sad statement, considering...