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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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Blog entry by Kiera-Dawn Kolson | March 24, 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...

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Blog entry by Sergey Golubok and Kristin Casper | March 17, 2014 5 comments

Today, we launched a case at the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the Arctic 30, who spent two months in Russian jail for a peaceful protest to save the Arctic. The 30 individuals are requesting "just compensation"...

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Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | March 14, 2014 1 comment

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Blog entry by Neil Hamilton | March 12, 2014 11 comments

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Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | February 4, 2014 1 comment

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Blog entry by James Turner | January 30, 2014

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Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | January 21, 2014

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Greenpeace Canada podcast from the Arctic

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