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UPDATE: Greenpeace activists now released to “investigation committee” in Russia

by Cassady Craighill

September 24, 2013

Greenpeace International activists arrive at the offices of the Russian Investigative Committee in Murmansk. Earlier today, the 30 activists were taken off the Arctic Sunrise where they have been held without communication or access to lawyers since Thursday September 19.

Greenpeace International activists arrive at the offices of the Russian Investigative Committee in Murmansk. Earlier today, the 30 activists were taken off the Arctic Sunrise where they have been held without communication or access to lawyers since Thursday September 19.

On September 18, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise took peaceful action at Gazproms Prirazlomnaya platform to stop it from producing the worlds first oil from icy Arctic waters.

The Russian Coast Guard reacted strongly: after firing warning shots and detaining two activists under armed guard, they then seized the ship and had towed it to the port of Murmansk along with nearly 30 activists and crew members on board.

Greenpeace was without contact with the ship or access to lawyers since Thursday, September 19th. Here are the latest updates:

  • A diplomatic delegation of 18 people, representing nine nationalities, went on board the Arctic Sunrise and met for two hours respective nationalities on board.
  • Greenpeace has had some limited contact with those on board. They are all well right now and some of them have made calls to friends and family.
  • Greenpeace remains in constant contact with next of kin making sure information flows as fast as we have it to their families.
  • The activists and crewcame off the ship and were taken by two buses to the offices of the ‘investigative committee’ in Murmansk, Russia.
  • Diplomats have gathered outside with media and police, while some 15-16 investigators arrived earlier, together with translators.
  • Although the investigative authorities under the Russian FSB, the state security agency, said they have opened a criminal investigation accusing our activists of piracy, no one has been formally charged.

See a timeline of the Arctic Sunrise in the Arctic.

Learn more about Gazprom and their Arctic drilling plans.

Learn about why activists went to the Russian Arctic.

Tell Russia to release the activists.

Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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