Greenpeace activists in court. September 26© RIA Novosti. Anastasia Ishenko
Greenpeace activists scaled Gazprom oil rig in the Arctic© Photo Greenpeace
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MOSCOW, September 29 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian court on Sunday remanded to two months’ pretrial detention the last of 30 people detained aboard a Greenpeace ship being used to protest a Gazprom oil rig in Arctic waters, the environmental activist group said on Twitter.
The arrestees, who face charges of piracy, have all been ordered to stay in pretrial detention until at least November 24, according to the reported Murmansk court decisions. Piracy in Russia carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison.
The 30 people, who represent 19 different nationalities, were detained when Russian border guards stormed the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise on September 19, a day after two activists scaled the Gazprom rig in the Pechora Sea to protest the potential impact of drilling in the Arctic’s fragile ecosystem.
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- MikeHuntThey deserve it!!!15:54, 30/09/2013Actually, that's a really good idea.
If you keep the Greenpeace activists in jail
then they cannot disturb the Arctic Oil drilling equipment anymore.
Automatically jailing all Greenpeace activists for 60 days will be a good first step in getting rid of them.
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Some people are trying to make the reality in Russia at least a bit more humane. The amnesty should apply not only to persons involved in high-profile cases, but also to individuals who are not as well-known. It is better to set free at least some of the individuals who deserve to be released than no one at all.