This is an open letter to New Zealand from the family of David Haussmann, one of the 'Arctic 30' detained in Russia on charges of piracy following a peaceful protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. It was originally published in the Nelson Mail on Sat 12 October 2013.
On September 18 2013 while performing his normal daily duties as an electrical engineer aboard the MV Arctic Sunrise, David was taken forcibly into custody by the Russian Coast Guard and is now detained under a charge of piracy. This action has left David's partner and the Haussmann family devastated.
David is a kind, quiet natured guy who grew up in rural New Zealand, learning respect for the world around him as he grew up. David has an inner love for nature and prefers life in the slow lane rather than the fast. He com... Read more >