These images were taken by climber Basil Tsimoyianis from the United States while inside a tent fixed to a wall of the Prirazlomnaya oil platform.
A team of Greenpeace activists including Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo, in inflatables on route to boarding energy giant Gazproms Arctic oil platform Prirazlomnaya off the North-eastern coast of Russia in the Pechora Sea. Gazprom looks set to begin full commercial drilling operations by early next year, becoming the first ever company to start commercial oil production in the offshore Arctic.
After 15 hours the team voluntarily left the platform to avoid unnecessary risk. In freezing temperatures, the climbers were constantly hosed with water by Gazprom workers who appeared more intent on endangering the safety of peaceful activists than operating the platform above.