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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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Power drilling: When an oil rig is a political weapon

Blog entry by Jen Maman | 26 May, 2014 1 comment

You may not have heard about the Paracels and the Spratlys. These two island chains, located in the South China Sea, have for years been at the epicentre of a heated controversy between neighbouring countries. Since early May 2014,...

Nine things you didn't know about Bear Island

Blog entry by Sune Scheller | 23 May, 2014 4 comments

There's a fairly good chance that this is the first time you've heard of Bear Island. Don't worry. The first time I heard about the island was less than two years ago. So what’s the deal? Well, Bear Island is a truly unique place...

The Esperanza is visiting the Arctic nature reserve Bear Island

Video | 22 May, 2014 at 10:00

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is visiting the Arctic nature reserve Bear Island. Around 175 km from the island the Norwegian state owned oil company Statoil is planning to drill the world's most northerly oil well this summer. If Statoil's rig...

Save Bear Island – Save us from oil addiction

Blog entry by Sune Scheller | 16 May, 2014

As I write this the Esperanza is sailing north along the Norwegian coast with a dedicated crew and activists, committed to put an end to oil companies' reckless race to drill for oil in the Arctic. I am glad to be one of them. This...

President Vladimir Putin announces first shipment of Arctic oil from controversial...

Press release | 18 April, 2014 at 15:27

Amsterdam, 18 April 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin today announced that state owned energy company Gazprom is ready to send the first ever shipment of oil from offshore Arctic waters to Europe.

Exxon Valdez 25th anniversary: the North deserves a better future

Blog entry by Kiera-Dawn Kolson | 24 March, 2014 1 comment

On the 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill, as the Arctic Council gathers to meet in northern Canada and Exxon is getting set to drill in the Russian Arctic, Greenpeace is preparing for a fresh fight with a familiar foe. In...

‘Arctic 30’ jailed in Russia to take case to European Court

Press release | 17 March, 2014 at 11:18

Amsterdam, 17 March 2014 - The group of Greenpeace activists and freelance journalists who collectively became known as the ‘Arctic 30’ today applied to the European Court of Human Rights requesting damages from the Russian Federation, as well as...

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