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Russia: Greenpeace's 'Arctic-30' crew detained on land01:03

Russia: Greenpeace's 'Arctic-30' crew detained on land

Russian Federation, Murmansk
September 24, 2013 at 22:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Greenpeace 'Arctic-30' crew detained on land

Greenpeace activists from the Arctic Sunrise ship protesting the drilling of oil were detained by Russian authorities and brought on land to the Investigation Committee in Murmansk on Tuesday.

Piracy charges were filed against members of the environmental lobby group after two of its members attempted to scale an Arctic offshore drilling platform last Thursday. The Russian Coast Guard seized their ship and brought it to a port close to the city of Murmansk, with the around 30 activists aboard.

The piracy charges against the activists could potentially see them sentenced with up to 15 years in prison and fined up to 500,000 roubles ($15,500, €11,500). It is not yet clear which and how many of the 30 face the charges. Their attempt to climb onto the Prirazlomnaya platform was meant to draw attention to the potential environmental repercussions of drilling for oil in Arctic waters.

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Russia: Greenpeace 'Arctic-30' crew detained on land

Greenpeace activists from the Arctic Sunrise ship protesting the drilling of oil were detained by Russian authorities and brought on land to the Investigation Committee in Murmansk on Tuesday.

Piracy charges were filed against members of the environmental lobby group after two of its members attempted to scale an Arctic offshore drilling platform last Thursday. The Russian Coast Guard seized their ship and brought it to a port close to the city of Murmansk, with the around 30 activists aboard.

The piracy charges against the activists could potentially see them sentenced with up to 15 years in prison and fined up to 500,000 roubles ($15,500, €11,500). It is not yet clear which and how many of the 30 face the charges. Their attempt to climb onto the Prirazlomnaya platform was meant to draw attention to the potential environmental repercussions of drilling for oil in Arctic waters.

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