By lex, on May 11th, 2010
Way back in the way back when, apocryphal stories were told to your humble about Lebanese militiamen who had the temerity to kidnap Russian diplomats during that country’s troubles. The way I heard the story, the Soviets refused to pay ransoms that might further future adventurism. Instead they sent spetznaz operatives to target the relatives of those who had abducted their citizens and sent them home to the hostage takers slice by slice. The incidence of Soviet citizens being held hostage declined remarkably.
I have no idea if the stories are true or not. But they are illustrative:
Ten suspected Somali pirates captured by the Russian navy last week may have perished after their release, a defence source in Moscow has told reporters.
Marines seized them during a dramatic operation to free a hijacked Russian oil tanker far from shore, killing an 11th suspect in the gun battle.
They were released in an inflatable boat without navigational equipment.
Within an hour, contact was lost with the boat’s radio beacon, the defence source said.
“It seems that they all died,” the unnamed source was quoted as saying by Russia’s Interfax news agency.
As I said before, Moscow don’t play.