Greenpeace activists detained last month after attempting to scale a Russian owned Arctic oil platform are being kept under “inhumane” prison conditions – according to representatives of the environmentalist group.
A lawyer speaking on behalf of the thirty detainees, who have been charged with piracy and could face 15 years in jail, said their treatment did not meet international standards.
“Many of the detainees have health problems. For understandable reasons I will not reveal their names nor their problems , but I can say that in our opinion none of them is getting appropriate medical aid,” said Greenpeace lawyer Sergei Golubok.
Greenpeace is to request that its activists be released pending trial and if that fails a complaint will be made to the European Court of Human Rights.
The group has for months been targeting energy giant Gazprom, which owns the oil platform, claiming its activities in the Arctic are environmentally damaging.