A cargo ship that brought 2,750 tons of explosive material to Beirut in 2013 belonged to a Russian businessman named Igor Grechushkin, the ship’s former captain told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
The cargo was impounded in 2014 and stored there until it exploded on Tuesday, with devastating effects.
Grechushkin abandoned the ship after it got stuck in Beirut, leaving the crew stranded, the former captain said.
Grechushkin now lives in Cyprus, the captain said. Cypriot authorities said they had not received Lebanese requests for help, a Cyprus Mail report said.
Business Insider was unable to reach Grechushkin for comment. As of Thursday morning, he had made no statement about the explosion.
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The cargo ship that brought 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate to Beirut that exploded on Tuesday with devastating consequences was abandoned in 2014 by a Russian businessman now based in Cyprus, according to multiple reports.
The former captain of…