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The Arctic 30 have left Russia

The criminal prosecution of the Arctic 30 has been terminated after the Russian parliament adopted an amnesty decree marking the 20th anniversary of the country’s constitution. The non-Russian nationals were granted exit visas to leave the country and all of them have finally returned home. They spent more than three months in detention, 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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In Russia, the future of the Arctic is up for debate

Blog entry by Martin Lloyd | November 6, 2013

The Russian public are far less sure than Gazprom about the question of drilling in the Arctic. In a poll produced by Russian research agency FOM , 42% said drilling and mining in the Arctic was not appropriate. Just behind the 45%...

Greenpeace International statement in response to the International Tribunal for the...

Press release | November 6, 2013 at 14:22

Hamburg, 6 November 2013 – Following a hearing at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), where the Netherlands brought a case seeking the release of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and its crew, Greenpeace International...

Greenpeace International statement regarding the International Tribunal for the Law...

Press release | November 5, 2013 at 18:05

Hamburg, 5 November 2013 – Regarding the upcoming hearing at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), where the Netherlands is bringing a case seeking the release of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and its crew, Greenpeace...

'Arctic 30' being moved from Murmansk to St. Petersburg

Press release | November 1, 2013 at 16:03

Amsterdam, 1 November 2013 - Greenpeace International understands from diplomatic sources that the thirty men and women detained by Russia following a peaceful protest against an Arctic oil platform are being moved from a detention centre in...

Russian Authorities fail to lift piracy charges against Arctic 30

Press release | November 1, 2013 at 10:15

Amsterdam, 1 November 2013 - Prosecuting authorities in Russia were under fire today after it was revealed that they have failed to lift charges of piracy against the Arctic 30, despite pledging to do so.

Behind the Scenes with the Arctic 30 Support Team

Video | October 31, 2013 at 17:00

An international team of Greenpeace volunteers and staff is supporting the "Arctic 30" in Murmansk. They provide legal support, put together personalised care and deliver communications work to help those behind bars. The Arctic 30 were arrested...

Gazprom vs. Greenpeace Arctic 30

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | October 31, 2013 9 comments

Russia's overreaction to the Greenpeace Arctic protest — and their ludicrous waffling on the actual charges — will not work out well for Russia. Their extraordinary response will more likely help the global climate movement meet its...

Greenpeace International responds to allegations from Russian authorities

Feature story | October 28, 2013 at 16:30

On September 18th, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise was involved in a peaceful protest at Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform, which is expected to become the first to produce oil from ice filled Arctic seas.

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