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Pirates of the Arabian Sea

Lehmann Timber vessel captain, Valentin Bartashev

1964 - Born in Kaliningrad
1985 - Begins sailing
1989 - Graduates, Kaliningrad Marine College
2008 - Lehmann Timber dry-cargo ship captured by pirates near Somali

Today we will talk about the pirates of the Arabian Sea. The number of attacks by the 21st century pirates off the coast of Somalia has sky-rocketed in recent years. The latest case is the hijacking of a Ukrainian freighter 'Faina', which is loaded with arms: tanks, artillery, grenade launchers and ammunition. The Russian captain died in the siege. Several months earlier another freighter, Lehmann Timber, was captured by pirates in the same waters. Its captain, Valentin Bartashev, is the guest on our programme today.