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Somali pirates release fishing vessel with Russian crew

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Somali pirates released on Sunday the Thai Union 3 fishing vessel seized last year with over 20 Russians on board, a Thai Union company manager said.

Somali pirates released on Sunday the Thai Union 3 fishing vessel seized last year with over 20 Russians on board, a Thai Union company manager said.

"The ship is on its way. Everything is okay with the crew. Everyone's [safe and] sound and waiting for a meeting with their families," Dmitry Shport told RIA Novosti.

The Thai Union 3 tuna fishing vessel with 23 Russians, two Filipinos and two Ghanaians on board was hijacked by two pirate skiffs about 370 km (200 nautical miles) north of the Seychelles October 29.

Reuters quoted a pirate named Hassan as saying a $3 million ransom was paid for the release.

Thai Union is a Thai group of companies exporting canned tuna.

Pirates based in Somalia, which has been without an effective government since 1991, hijacked more than 40 vessels in 2009, and have already seized two this year.

BANGKOK, March 7 (RIA Novosti)