By Natalya Krainova / The Moscow Times
Six of the eight suspected hijackers of the Arctic Sea cargo ship served prison terms in Estonia between 2001 and 2005, the Investigative Committee said Monday, as new details trickled out about the suspects.
In fact, six of the suspects lived in the same district in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, and most of them had grown up in the same courtyard, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.
The six left Tallinn on July 17, telling relatives that they had a contract to work as guards in Spain, Alexei Bartenev, a brother of suspect Dmitry Bartenev, told the newspaper.
The report identified the suspects from Estonia as Alexei Buleyev, 33; Dmitry Bartenev, 42; Yevgeny Mironov, 30; Igor Borisov, 45; Andrei Lunev, 44; and Alexei Andryushin, 28.
It named the other suspects as Dmitry Savin and Vitaly Lepin from Latvia.
The Investigative Committee said in a statement Monday that the eight suspects were aged 30 to 45, more than 180 centimeters tall and in good health.
The statement said six of the eight suspects told investigators that they were Estonian residents, including two who said they were Russian nationals but showed no passports, one who had an Estonian passport and three who, according to preliminary data, are stateless. The last two suspects said they were Latvian residents, although one had a Latvian passport and the other had no passport.