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Eminent businessman, UN Goodwill Ambassador and chairman of the World Armenian Congress Ara Abrahamian has undertaken the task of getting 11 Russian sailors out of prison in Nigeria, www.gazeta.ru informs expressing hope that “his personal ties and the experience in cooperating with an African government while releasing Armenian pilots will help him get the sailors out as well”.

Six Armenian pilots sentenced to 14-24 years in prison were released from jail in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June thanks to the efforts of Mr. Abrahamian.

According to the online newspaper, Ara Abrahamian took on the task of releasing the sailors a month ago. He also helped their relatives to leave for Nigeria. As soon as Russian authorities — Foreign Affairs Ministry and State Duma — failed in their attempts, Ara Abrahamian was asked to interfere.

Russia is optimistic to see the sailors free. “We helped to get the sailors out to better wards, gave money for food and for health services and hired lawyers”, Ara Abrahamian told daily Azg. He said also that he is working with President Vladimir Putin’s administration and looks forward to his personal support. Mr. Abrahamian’s aides are currently in Nigeria.

Along with 11 Russian sailors, Nigerian authorities have arrested 2 citizens of Rumania and 1 citizen of Georgia. Nigerian authorities accuse them of smuggling oil valued $2.64 million.

By Karine Danielian

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