Hijacked ship had chemical weapons materials onboard

Finnish researchers recently claimed that the Arctic Sea, a Finnish ship hijacked in Swedish waters in 2009, was most likely carrying materials stolen from Russia for the use of making weapons of mass destruction.

In a new book, Eye of the Storm, Myrskyn Silmässä and Timo Hellenberg, assert that chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear materials were loaded onto the Arctic Sea in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and were headed to the Middle East before being hijacked, according to TheLocal.se.

According to official documents, the ship was loaded with supplies of timber worth more than $1.8 million. The hijackers demanded a ransom of $1.5 million. The ship was taken over off the coast of the Swedish island Öland soon after leaving port in Finland.

The ship was sighted in the English Channel, but was later lost until the Russian Navy reclaimed it off Cape Verde nearly a month later.

Russian authorities claim to have arrested eight Russian and Baltic men in an operation to take back the ship. Six of the men were sentenced to up to 12 years in prison for their role in the crime.

The researchers have dismissed rumors that nuclear warheads or missiles were part of the cargo, but question why the Russian government downplayed the hijacking, TheLocal.se reports.