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Even More Arctic Sea Conspiracy

August 19, 2009

Folks, I’m trying to get away from this story, but it keeps pulling me back in! Even more good stuff, via the NY Times and from “Yulia Latynina, a leading Russian opposition journalist and commentator“:

“The Arctic Sea was carrying something, not timber and not from Finland, that necessitated some major work on the ship,” she wrote in the Moscow Times newspaper on Wednesday.

During two weeks of repair works in the Russian port of Kaliningrad just before the voyage, the ship’s bulkhead was dismantled so something very large could be loaded, she wrote.

“To put it plainly: The Arctic Sea was carrying some sort of anti-aircraft or nuclear contraption intended for a nice, peaceful country like Syria, and they were caught with it,” she said.

To put it another way, the Russkies were up to no good, any way you look at it. If this was a failed attempt to smuggle WMDs or contraband to the Third World, chalk it up as yet another blunder for the declining Russian Navy.

Hat Tip to Neptunus Lex!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. ahrcanum permalink
    March 5, 2010 11:05 am

    Now that’s a twist I hadn’t thought of! Figured they were covering for climategate with methanegate!

  2. west_rhino permalink
    August 21, 2009 1:40 pm

    Still please to be watching juggling of three balls in air while comrade is hiding rabbit in hat…

  3. William permalink
    August 20, 2009 12:53 pm

    There also, still that North Korean ship transporting 16,000 tons of sugar that was siezed by the Indian coast guard after it was taking a suspicious route, off the Andaman Islands I think. Thats gone very quiet. With the length of time it takes the Indians to do anything, it could be a while before we hear anything. Can’t help but think if the ship had of been captured by the Germans (for example) that the cargo would have been thoroughly searched by now.

  4. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 20, 2009 12:38 pm

    William and all:

    I am thinking the 2 Akula’s off the East Coast was a diversion from whatever the MV Arctic Sea was up to. Nothing I have read since then has given me cause to think otherwise.

  5. William permalink
    August 20, 2009 8:07 am

    Early on my suspicion was that the saga of the Artic Seas whereabouts was a diversion and that any secret cargo would have long since been offloaded.

  6. August 20, 2009 2:07 am


    One does have to wonder about the sea state near Gotland when the Arctic Sea went steaming berserk. If it was calm, then what may have occurred? What might have been transferred if conditions allowed a transferal of nefarious cargo. Of course, if something had been hidden behind a bulkhead and beneath that acknowledged cargo of lumber / timber then you couldn’t really expect some sort of transfer from the Arctic Sea to another vessel. However, a voluntary transfer from a smaller vessel to the Arctic Sea wouldn’t seem to be impossible.

  7. Distiller permalink
    August 20, 2009 1:05 am

    Ja, strange story. Wonder if they could do a ship-to-ship cargo transfer at high seas with those cranes …

  8. August 20, 2009 12:16 am

    It’s getting even better! EagleSpeak just posted this on his blog…

    “Of course, the best part, an indication the ship was acting “strangely in the waters off Sweden:

    Further complicating the picture are Swedish media reports suggesting that the Arctic Sea was hiding a second, smaller vessel while sailing off Sweden’s east coast.

    Data from an automatic vessel tracking system showed that the Arctic Sea’s crew constantly tried to hide one side of the ship from being visible to other ships in the vicinity, the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, citing a Swedish coast guard official, reported on its web site Wednesday.”

  9. Chuck Hill permalink
    August 19, 2009 7:57 pm

    Looks like the Russians were the ones who stopped it.

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