VOTE: Arctic 30 activists nominated for The Guardian’s Person of the Year

by Cassady Sharp

December 3, 2013

Greenpeace International activist Sini Saarela (from Finland) at the Leninsky District Court Of Murmansk. Greenpeace International activists in court in Leninsky District Court Of Murmansk after being held for seven days following an Arctic drilling protest in Russia. The activists face possible charges of piracy, which Greenpeace insists are not valid under international law.

© Igor Podgorny / Greenpeace

UPDATE:Russia Parliament grants amnesty to Arctic 30: READ MORE Kanye West. Edward Snowden. Arctic 30 activists. These are people nominated by writers of the Guardian as the "Person of the Year." While the list of nominees is full of people standing up for what they believe in, we're of course biased to Marco Weber and Sini Saarela, two of the Arctic 30 activists and the only two to actually board the Gazprom oil platform in the Arctic, raising global awareness about Arctic drilling by reckless oil companies. Along with 26 international activists and two independent journalists, Weber and Saarela were detained in Russia for two months before their recent bail release. The Arctic 30 still face up to seven years in jail for hooliganism. Vote now for Marco & Sini!

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