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What’s behind Greenpeace activists’ arrest?


They are pirates, according to Russian authorities who arrested them and confiscated their vessel. Thirty of the Greenpeace activists who tried unsuccessfully to board the Prirazlomnaya Gazprom’s oil rig in the Pechora Sea – somewhere off the Russian coast in the Arctic Ocean – are now under arrest, while their Dutch-flagged icebreaker, Arctic Sunrise, has been towed by a tugboat to the port of Murmansk, northern Russia. Among the activists is also an Italian, Cristian D'Alessandro, a Naples native, who seems to be the only reason for our media reporting the events.

They are pirates, according to Russian authorities who arrested them and confiscated their vessel. Thirty of the Greenpeace activists who tried unsuccessfully to board the Prirazlomnaya Gazprom’s oil rig in the Pechora Sea – somewhere off the Russian coast in the Arctic Ocean – are now under arrest, while their Dutch-flagged icebreaker, Arctic Sunrise, has been towed by a tugboat to the port of Murmansk, northern Russia. Among the activists is also an Italian, Cristian D’Alessandro, a Naples native, who seems to be the only reason for our media reporting the events.

Kalashnikov vs activists

According to Greenpeace, no charges had been officially brought against the activists so far, even though detectives are investigating a criminal case alleging piracy. Prosecution officials say the charge may be changed during the investigation.  Nevertheless, it seems certain they will be brought to trial due to their “illegal activities” in the Arctic. In the meanwhile, all the activists were ordered by the Leninsky court in Murmansk to be held in custody for two months as a pre-trial detention measure. Witnesses reported Russian special forces wearing balaclavas camouflage clothing shooting AK-47 assault rifles in the air and pointing guns at the activists.

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