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Valeriy Babakov, a relative of the captain of the Nemo cargo ship, Oleksandr Tymoshenko, told an Interfax-Ukraine reporter that "the crewmembers of the Nemo cargo ship – seven Ukrainians – are asking for assistance from the state, because they are in a Turkish prison, and they went on a hunger strike from Jan. 4."

He also noted that "the Estonian cargo ship Nemo, with seven Ukrainians on board, which was flying the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, has been in the Sea of Marmara (Turkey) for a year, because the ship was arrested by local authorities on Jan. 11, 2011 due to the debt of the ship’s bankrupt owner. The dry cargo ship was transferred to Swedbank Estonia due to the debtor’s loans, but the crew then refused to leave the Nemo without getting salaries."

Babakov said that he was in constant phone and Skype contact with the captain of the cargo ship, Oleksandr Tymoshenko, and that he tried to attract the attention of the media to this problem, and "earlier, through a trade union of seafarers, the captain individually tried to solve the problem with the payment of salaries to the crew."

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