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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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Greenpeace activists stop oil drilling for second time in one week

Blog entry by Nick Young | June 4, 2011 34 comments

Just before being arrested today, Greenpeace oil campaigner Ben Ayliffe radioed the nearby Greenpeace ship Esperanza from the oil rig he and 17 activists had boarded : “We have met with the drill manager and requested a copy of the...

Jon Andreas Bergstrom

Image | June 4, 2011 at 16:17

Andreas is an Arctic guide who lives in Svalbard.

Activists board rig off Greenland

Image | June 4, 2011 at 12:36

180 km off the Greenland coast activists board the 53,000 tonne oil rig.

LIVE ACTION: Greenpeace delegation boards Arctic oil rig demanding missing spill plan

Blog entry by Nick Young | June 4, 2011 72 comments

It never really gets dark here in the Arctic but in the soft silver light of the early morning five inflatable speedboats left the side of the Esperanza. They carried a delegation of eighteen activists and headed for the giant Leiv...

Cairn calls in the navy then wields a legal lump hammer to stop us protecting the Arctic

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | June 2, 2011 23 comments

Last night, Hannah and Luke, our two brave climbers, were removed from the Arctic survival pod that had been suspended from the underside of the 53,000 tonne Leiv Eiriksson oil rig, here off the coast of Greenland, for the last...

Activists arrested and pod captured but this is not the end

Blog entry by Ben Stewart | June 2, 2011 50 comments

Climbers working with the Danish navy have just broken into our pod suspended from the Cairn Energy oil rig here in the Arctic seas off Greenland and arrested the two Greenpeace climbers inside. Hannah and Luke had been suspended ...

Life on the Esperanza in the Arctic

Blog entry by Martin | June 2, 2011 5 comments

I'm writing this in my bunk onboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, which is currently involved in action against Cairn energy's reckless attempts to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic waters around Greenland's breathtaking...

Fata Morgana and the agent of destruction

Blog entry by Madeleine | June 1, 2011 7 comments

I'm Madeleine, captain of Esperanza on the Arctic oil campaign in the Greenland waters of Davis Straits. As the global climate changes, the Arctic is warming faster than any other region on earth. The result is, areas that were...

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