For those who don’t want to watch, Rossa says:
The video tape shows Russian Navy commandos on a Somalian pirate ship shortly after the pirates had captured a Russian oil tanker. The European Union navy that patrols these waters would not interfere because they feared there could be casualties.
So the Russian Navy Commandos freed their compatriots and the tanker … and then moved the pirates back to their own pirate ship, the Russians searched the pirate ship for weapons and explosives … and found plenty!
Then they left the ship and exploded it with all remaining pirates hand-cuffed to it [no need for] any court proceedings, lawyers, etc. They used the anti-piracy laws of the 18th and 19th centuries where the captain of the rescuing ship has the right to decide what to do with pirates. Usually, they were hanged.
Way to go. When I was in Russia, this sort of approach was the norm in every field. Once I gave English lessons to a mafia wife. They’d send the car, I was left alone with her and they knew nothing would happen, I was driven back. While I was there, she’d be cooking a meal for me.
One day the smell was of liver, which I can’t stand. She asked if it was Ok and the Englishman in me ummed and ahrred as I found the diplomatic thing to say. She stuck the fork into the pan and lifted out the meat. “Do you want it or not?” It killed me to be so direct but I summoned up the courage and said, “No.”
“Right,” she said, plunging the meat back in the pan, “he can have it this evening. What do you want?” There was no question of whether or not I wanted something. She’d got me there, therefore I was to be fed, the cost of the lesson a separate matter. She gave me three choices, I chose, end of story. Imagine saying no to a host over here.
Another situation. I casually mentioned selling my car. My client got on the phone and had a buyer in forty minutes. We all met up at the carpark. I handed over the tech passport and the deal was done.
In Russia, there are two kinds of problems – the ones someone arranges for you, e.g. the government and though there are ways around it, they’re not legal. Then there are the ones I’ve just mentioned. No one has time for umming and ahrring – just say what you want, I’ll say what I’ve got, we then make the deal.
So, pirates take a ship, Russians take it back, pirates are removed, lesson is loud and clear, end of story.
I can live with that approach.