A freelance photographer who was on board the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise is under investigation for alleged piracy under Russian criminal law and will be held in custody for two months as investigations continue.
Denis Sinyakov was under contract to Greenpeace International at the time the ship was illegally boarded in international waters following a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling.
A Greenpeace spokesperson - Russian national Roman Dolgov - will also face two months in custody.
Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said:
“The Russian authorities are trying to scare people who stand up to the oil industry in the Arctic, but this blatant intimidation will not succeed. We are resolute in our commitment to protecting the Arctic environment and the world’s climate. We call on people in Russia and around the world to stand with our activists and defend their right to peaceful protest.”
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