Refugees: How Simas Was Returned

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Nor did the Russians let up once Kudirka was subdued. Aboard Vigilant's launch carrying the now unconscious defector and his captors back to the Russian ship, Boatswain's Mate Richard Maresca saw Kudirka "completely tied up and being handled like nothing more than a log. One Russian sat on the defector's head and kept punching him for the entire ride. Once we arrived alongside the Russian ship, they threw the defector from aft to amidships, and threw him into a net lowered from the Russian vessel."

Soon after, the Russian ship, Sovietskaya Litva, was escorted from the area by Vigilant. Kudirka's fate is still unknown, but imaginable.

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