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The Arctic 30

The Arctic 30 spent more than three months in a Russian detention centre, despite the fact that the seizure of their ship and the imprisonment of the activists were deemed illegal by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. As one activist said, "They didn't lock us up for what we did. They locked us up for what we stood for." Their act of civil disobedience was a courageous stand against destructive Arctic oil drilling and the onslaught of climate change.

 

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100 days after they were seized, Arctic 30 are leaving Russia

Press release | 27 December, 2013 at 9:01

St Petersburg, 27 December 2013 – The Arctic 30 are going home. They are leaving Russia today and over the weekend. A plane carrying five Britons and a Canadian took off shortly after 11:30 am local time from St Petersburg airport, heading for...

First of the Arctic 30 leaves Russia

Press release | 26 December, 2013 at 17:32

St Petersburg, 26 December 2013 - The Arctic 30 are leaving Russia. Swedish activist Dima Litvinov is on a train and heading for the border. He will enter Finland at 20:30 local time (17:30 GMT).

First of the Arctic 30 get visas to leave Russia

Press release | 26 December, 2013 at 10:32

St Petersburg, 26 December 2013 – Arctic 30 activist and UK national Anthony Perrett has today been given a visa in his passport from the Federal Migration Service allowing him to leave the country.

Good news on Christmas Day for Arctic 30

Press release | 25 December, 2013 at 11:29

St Petersburg, 25 December 2013 – The final chapter in the legal ordeal of the Arctic 30 began today as the group was asked to attend a meeting at Russia’s powerful Investigative Committee, where the criminal case against them is being dropped en...

First case dropped against Arctic 30 activist, exit visa sought

Press release | 24 December, 2013 at 15:03

St Petersburg, 24 December 2013 – UK national Anthony Perrett today became the first Arctic 30 activist to have the criminal case against him dropped. He has now requested an exit visa from the Federal Migration Service to allow him to leave Russia.

2013: The Year In Photos

Feature story | 24 December, 2013 at 13:30

The year 2013 has been very eventful for Greenpeace on all points of the compass. Whether it be turning around a cargo container filled with fin whale meat in Hamburg, getting the palm oil industry to think twice about deforestation in Indonesia,...

Gazprom begins first production at Arctic 30 oil platform

Press release | 20 December, 2013 at 16:43

Amsterdam, 20 December 2013 - Russian oil giant Gazprom today announced it has produced the first commercial quantities of oil from its controversial Arctic drilling platform Prirazlomnaya in the remote waters of the Pechora Sea. In response,...

Russian parliament votes for amnesty for Arctic 30

Press release | 18 December, 2013 at 9:57

Amsterdam, 18 December 2013 - The Greenpeace activists who spent two months in jail after a peaceful protest in the Arctic have expressed relief after the Russian parliament voted to grant them amnesty. But they also declared: “There is no...

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