It is exactly a month since activists from a Greenpeace ship were detained by Russia for protesting at an Arctic oil platform.
And as bail was denied to more of the 30 people being held, from 18 different countries, fresh protests were planned to call for their release.
As temperatures plunge, supporters have already been delivering warm clothes to the jail in which the activists are being held in the city of Murmansk.
“They did not have enough clothes because, as they were removed from the boat, they were given five minutes to pack their belongings and told they would be brought back to the boat the day after,” said Dmitry Artamonov from Greenpeace. “Almost all of them came here absolutely unprepared for such conditions.”
Piracy charges, punishable by up to 15 years in jail, face the activists, some of whom tried to scale the oil rig, owned by Russia’s state giant Gazprom.
A letter from 11 Nobel Peace Prize laureates describes it as a ‘peaceful, non-violent protest’ and urges President Putin to drop the piracy charges.