The Arctic 30 sends messages of thanks to supporters from Russia

by Guest Blogger

October 25, 2013

Bail hearing for Greenpeace International activist Sini Saarela (from Finland), at the Regional Court of Murmansk. Sini Saarela is one of the 'Arctic 30' who are now in custody charged with piracy, punishable for up to 15 years in prison.

© Dmitri Sharomov / Greenpeace

Many of you, all around the world, have been kind enough to show your support for the Arctic30 who continue to be detained in Russia with dark prospects. From the little news we get out of the Murmansk detention centre, one thing is clear – your solidarity really does make all the difference. Here are some personal messages of thanks from the Arctic30 back to you:

Marco Paolo Weber Bail Hearing At Murmansk Court

“Your support and the knowledge that we have done the right thing keeps me above water. Thank you very much for your kind words, love and care you give to me. You are incredibly important!”

Written by Marco Weber, October 8, in an open letter from a prison in Murmansk, Russia.

Sini Saarela Bail Hearing At Murmansk Court

Note from Sini Saarela, October 21, in Court.


“I heard the Arctic Sunrise mentioned on the radio the other day. It was in Russian so I couldn’t understand it, but it’s great to know the world is talking about us. On a good day I get to see my lawyer and hear news of protests all over the world. You wouldn’t believe the difference the news makes. It really makes me feel better and I thank every single person who has joined a protest or sent an email.”

Written by Alex Harris in mail to her colleagues in Greenpeace Australia on Oct 10.

Tomasz Dziemianczuk Bail Hearing At Murmansk Court


“I’m grateful for the support of everyone back in Poland; ordinary people, Greenpeace activists, the state, the media. Thanks to this strong interest there is still a chance of our release. Otherwise we’d be sure to spend the next ten years in prison.”

Said by Tomasz Dziemianczuk on October 21 in court for bail appeal.

David Haussmann Bail Hearing At Murmansk Court


“I can’t put it any more simply than thanks. Some of you I know, some I’ve heard of, some I’ll never even meet. Your kind thoughts, support and humour mean a lot to me right now, it is the simple things in life.”

Written by David Haussmann, October 17, in open letter from prison in Murmansk, Russia.

It is now 36 days since the Arctic30 stood up against Arctic destruction for which they remain unjustly held. While they are behind bars facing trumped-up charges, your support is vital. Thank you for sharing the voices of the Arctic30 and showing the world they will not be forgotten.

Did you know there are30 ways you can help the Arctic30? And there is plenty more to come – keep checking our website for updates on new ways you can be part of the movement of millions calling for the release of the Arctic30.

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