Moscow University: 360 pirates 'released' at sea
In fact, the Russian destroyer wasn't the first to hit upon this solution. Asked last weekend, the commander of the European naval force that coordinates military operations off the Somali coast said there had been "similar instances" involving Dutch and Danish ships but declined to elaborate. He also noted that of 400 pirates captured in the past three months, only 40 have been prosecuted. The rest have been released. Or "released."
Leaving them to float away on a rubber dinghy might not be the best solution, but it's the only one we've got.
By Anne Applebaum
Tuesday, May 18, 2010