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Russia: Greenpeace's 'Arctic Sunrise' shot at by coastguard01:31

Russia: Greenpeace's 'Arctic Sunrise' shot at by coastguard

Russian Federation, Arctic Circle
September 26, 2013 at 02:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Greenpeace's 'Arctic Sunrise' shot at by coastguard

Activists from environmental group Greenpeace attempted to storm a Russian oil rig in the Arctic Ocean September 19, an act which resulted in all 30 activists being detained. Images from the FSB Coast Guard shows authorities firing warning shots into the water and utilising water cannons as the activists near the rig.

A Greenpeace ship approached the Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Arctic Ocean on September 18 despite orders from Russian authorities not to do so. Two activists scaled the rig and were preparing to stay there for several days. The next day Coast Guard members boarded both the rig and the activists' ship Arctic Sunrise, detaining all 30 protesters and eventually towing the vessel to port in Murmansk.

The Greenpeace activists are currently facing piracy charges, Russia’s Investigative Committee announced Tuesday. On Wednesday officials said that the criminal case may be downgraded to less severe charges if the investigation proves it necessary. The detained activists may be released Thursday night, unless charges against them are filed and a court orders their arrest.

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Russia: Greenpeace's 'Arctic Sunrise' shot at by coastguard

Activists from environmental group Greenpeace attempted to storm a Russian oil rig in the Arctic Ocean September 19, an act which resulted in all 30 activists being detained. Images from the FSB Coast Guard shows authorities firing warning shots into the water and utilising water cannons as the activists near the rig.

A Greenpeace ship approached the Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Arctic Ocean on September 18 despite orders from Russian authorities not to do so. Two activists scaled the rig and were preparing to stay there for several days. The next day Coast Guard members boarded both the rig and the activists' ship Arctic Sunrise, detaining all 30 protesters and eventually towing the vessel to port in Murmansk.

The Greenpeace activists are currently facing piracy charges, Russia’s Investigative Committee announced Tuesday. On Wednesday officials said that the criminal case may be downgraded to less severe charges if the investigation proves it necessary. The detained activists may be released Thursday night, unless charges against them are filed and a court orders their arrest.