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Russia: Greenpeace violated Russian laws- FSB01:12

Russia: Greenpeace violated Russian laws- FSB

Russian Federation, Murmansk
September 20, 2013 at 14:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Greenpeace violated Russian laws- FSB

Officers of Russia’s FSB security agency boarded and searched the MV Arctic Sunrise vessel, operated by environmental organisation Greenpeace International, Thursday, in the Pechora Sea. A day earlier, on September 18, Greenpeace activists had attempted to board a Gazprom-owned oil platform using speedboats, breaching its 500-meter restricted area. They are believed to have launched their operation from the Arctic Sunrise.

The FSB is preparing materials for the Russian Investigative Committee to open a criminal case over the Greenpeace incident. Twenty seven people, including four Russian citizens, were aboard the vessel when it was inspected. Electronic equipment, photo and video recording devices and small boats were reportedly found aboard the ship.

Rear Admiral Mikhail Karpenko, the acting Head of Russia’s FSB security agency in the Murmansk region, said that the FSB acted according to Russian and international law.

He said: "In accordance with Article 36 of the Law on Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the captain of the border patrol boat decided to apprehend the MV Arctic Sunrise, which he made clear several times to the captain of the foreign ship. But all of the border guards’ legitimate demands were ostentatiously ignored. Acting within the boundaries of Russian and international law, and in compliance with an international UN convention, the patrol boat Ladoga fired warning shots with its naval guns. But the captain of the foreign ship once more deliberately defied the border guards’ legitimate demands. Subsequently, the ship was forced to stop by a border guard task force that was dropped on it from a helicopter."

The MV Arctic Sunrise was boarded by members of a special FSB unit, who got aboard via helicopter. During the operation, no one was hurt - either from the FSB team or the Greenpeace crew.

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Russia: Greenpeace violated Russian laws- FSB

Officers of Russia’s FSB security agency boarded and searched the MV Arctic Sunrise vessel, operated by environmental organisation Greenpeace International, Thursday, in the Pechora Sea. A day earlier, on September 18, Greenpeace activists had attempted to board a Gazprom-owned oil platform using speedboats, breaching its 500-meter restricted area. They are believed to have launched their operation from the Arctic Sunrise.

The FSB is preparing materials for the Russian Investigative Committee to open a criminal case over the Greenpeace incident. Twenty seven people, including four Russian citizens, were aboard the vessel when it was inspected. Electronic equipment, photo and video recording devices and small boats were reportedly found aboard the ship.

Rear Admiral Mikhail Karpenko, the acting Head of Russia’s FSB security agency in the Murmansk region, said that the FSB acted according to Russian and international law.

He said: "In accordance with Article 36 of the Law on Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the captain of the border patrol boat decided to apprehend the MV Arctic Sunrise, which he made clear several times to the captain of the foreign ship. But all of the border guards’ legitimate demands were ostentatiously ignored. Acting within the boundaries of Russian and international law, and in compliance with an international UN convention, the patrol boat Ladoga fired warning shots with its naval guns. But the captain of the foreign ship once more deliberately defied the border guards’ legitimate demands. Subsequently, the ship was forced to stop by a border guard task force that was dropped on it from a helicopter."

The MV Arctic Sunrise was boarded by members of a special FSB unit, who got aboard via helicopter. During the operation, no one was hurt - either from the FSB team or the Greenpeace crew.