30 men and women are accused of hooliganism in Russia for a peaceful protest against oil drilling in the fragile Arctic. After spending two months in prison, all but one of the 30 were granted release on bail.
Colin Russell was refused bail, and instead given three more months of detention. He and all of the Arctic 30 still face serious charges and could spend years in prison if convicted for a crime they did not commit.
Let’s free them for good and bring them home now.
Stand with the Arctic 30. Send a message to your local Russian embassy right now.
Russian embassies report back to Moscow every day about what's happening in their countries. We need your help to keep their inboxes flooded with messages of support for the the Arctic 30.
Who are the Arctic 30 and what do they stand for?
28 activists, a freelance photographer and a freelance videographer, were involved in a protest against the Gazprom Arctic drilling platform Prirazlomnaya on September 18th. Two of the activists tried to climb the side of the platform to hang a banner. One day later, Russian security services descended from a helicopter onto the deck of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, seized the ship at gunpoint and detained the entire crew.
The activists were at the Gazprom platform because they felt compelled to bear witness to the slow, unrelenting destruction of the Arctic. As the ice is retreating, oil companies are moving north to drill for the fuels that drive that melting. The activists are people who care enough about the world we live in to take a stand and protect it. The Arctic is a stunning place, home to unique species including polar bears and Arctic foxes. Drilling for oil there is an appalling act that threatens this extraordinary environment, and the world’s climate.
How your letter will help
We need your voice to help keep the letters coming into Russian embassy inboxes. It's part of their job to keep the Kremlin informed about what's happening in their host countries.
The more embassies reporting back about this global surge of outrage every day, the more likely the Arctic 30 will be given justice and freed to go home to their families. Every letter is counted and each letter counts.
The charges of piracy and hooliganism, which carry maximum 15 and 7 year jail sentences respectively, are extreme and disproportionate. Yet these are the charges being made against all 30. They made their stand in the interests of us all. Now we must come together and stand with them.
Take action, send a message to the Russian embassy now.