Russia charges 14 Greenpeace ‘pirates’

The Washington Post

Russian authorities turned their informal descriptions of Greenpeace activists as pirates into legal charges Wednesday, a chilling evolution in a saga that began as a protest against drilling in the Arctic.

Prosecutors charged 14 people — including a British journalist — with piracy, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Two weeks ago, the American captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, who is among those still awaiting charges, sailed near an oil rig in the Pechora Sea owned by a subsidiary of Gazprom, the energy giant controlled by the Russian government. Activists in inflatable boats approached the platform, and two were detained as they tried to climb onto it and raise a banner.

The next day, members of the Russian Coast Guard boarded the ship in international waters, seized it at gunpoint and towed it to the city of Murmansk.

  • Me Piper

    Good. I have no sympathy for Greenpeace or Sea Shepherd activists who illegally board vessels at sea. Never mind if any damage is done. Just illegally boarding a vessel is an act of terrorism, or in this case piracy as the Russians choose to call it. I could easily live with these activists being charged with capital crimes and subsequently executed. The more the merrier.
    I care about the environment and wildlife conservation. But I do not care about environmental activists nor for illegally boarding, damaging, and interfering with maritime vessels on the high seas. I hope the Russian courts deliver the maximum sentences to these activists.