After three long months, the Arctic 30 were all granted amnesty yesterday -- we hope they'll be home soon!
Early yesterday (18 December) the Russian government agreed to amend an amnesty bill to include the Arctic 30, and later it was officially adopted by their parliament. This means legal proceedings against them will be halted and they should be home soon.
Of course, while we’re incredibly relieved, the reality is that the Arctic is still under threat. No amnesty was granted for the pristine Arctic environment where oil drilling is still set to go ahead.
Gazprom is one of the oil companies rushing to drill for oil – it’s also the owner of the oil rig at the heart of the Arctic 30 story. This month Gazprom is in the running to win an award for the world’s worst corporation in 2013.
If you haven’t voted in those awards yet, please get voting now.