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Russia: Finnish Greenpeace protester faces jail time

Russian Federation, Murmansk
September 26, 2013 at 16:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Finnish Greenpeace protester faces jail time

A court in the Russian city of Murmansk handed down a series of pre-trial custody orders on Wednesday to Greenpeace activists who were part of an attempted boarding action on a Gazprom drilling platform in the Arctic sea. Among them was Fini Saarela, a Finnish activist who attempted to board the rig while being sprayed with water cannon by the crew, who will be held for three days before a new hearing is convened.

The activists that were on the Dutch-registered ship may face charges which could see them sentenced with up to 15 years in prison and fined up to 500,000 roubles ($15,500, €11,500).

Speaking at the Arctic Forum in Salekhard on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Arctic Sunrise activists are "no pirates" but that they violated international law by boarding the Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Pechora Sea.

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Russia: Finnish Greenpeace protester faces jail time

A court in the Russian city of Murmansk handed down a series of pre-trial custody orders on Wednesday to Greenpeace activists who were part of an attempted boarding action on a Gazprom drilling platform in the Arctic sea. Among them was Fini Saarela, a Finnish activist who attempted to board the rig while being sprayed with water cannon by the crew, who will be held for three days before a new hearing is convened.

The activists that were on the Dutch-registered ship may face charges which could see them sentenced with up to 15 years in prison and fined up to 500,000 roubles ($15,500, €11,500).

Speaking at the Arctic Forum in Salekhard on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Arctic Sunrise activists are "no pirates" but that they violated international law by boarding the Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Pechora Sea.

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