More Greenpeace crew held in Russia

AFP-JIJI

A Russian court Sunday ordered the detention for two months of eight more crew members of a Greenpeace ship who protested against Arctic oil drilling as part of a probe into alleged piracy.

The Lenin District Court in the northern city of Murmansk on Thursday had already ordered the detention of 22 other Greenpeace activists for two months, pending the investigation into suspected piracy after a protest at a Gazprom oil rig on Sept. 18.

With the court’s decision Sunday, all 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker crew will remain in custody until Nov. 24. Among them are six Britons, four Russians and nationals from 16 other countries.

Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International, said the court’s decision was a “blatant attempt to intimidate anyone preventing an oil rush in the Arctic.”