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Both Russians, arrested in Mexico on charges of yacht hijacking, released on bail

January 21, 2012, 14:34 UTC+3

However, the arrested Russians claim that they acquired the yacht on lease in the city of Miami

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MEXICO CITY, January 21 (Itar-Tass) — The second Russian, Vladimir Galkin, who is now under arrest in the Mexican city of Cancun in the country’s south-east on charges of a hijacking a yacht from the Florida coast, was also released on bail of 20,000 US dollars, Itar-Tass learnt on Friday from press attach· of the Russian embassy Maxim Okopny.

Earlier, Russian citizen Oleg Denisov who was arrested late last week along with Galkin, was also released on bail. The two Russians will temporarily live at one of Cancun hotels, waiting for further decisions of Mexican law enforcement bodies. It is probable that they may leave Mexico, but on condition that they will return for sure for a trial which will hear their case.

Officers of the consular department of the Russian embassy in Mexico render active assistance to the Russian nationals who turned to be in poor straits. Consulate representatives are in constant contact with Mexican law enforcement bodies and the Russians, rendering them all necessary assistance in the present situation.

The two Russians had been detained aboard the yacht by a patrol boat of the Mexican navy in the area of Isla de Mujeres Island, located not far from Cancun.

According to a version of investigation, the Anna boat, announced hijacked, had another name. However, the number of its engine and colour of the body coincided with specifications of the yacht, stolen in Florida.

However, the arrested Russians claim that they acquired the yacht on lease in the city of Miami “from one of agents of the Russian stock who assured them that he has all rights to the vessel, issuing adequate documents”.


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