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Greenpeace insists arrested Arctic Sunrise activists acted peacefully at Russian oil rig

Greenpeace insists arrested Arctic Sunrise activists acted peacefully at Russian oil rig
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Investigators are continuing to question environmentalists arrested after trying to climb onto a Russian oil rig.

Thirty activists from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise were detained over “the protest“

They believe drilling for oil in the Arctic is dangerous.

But Russian authorities have taken a different view, threatening to press charges of privacy.

Vladimir Markin, spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee, said: “When a foreign ship full of electronic equipment intended for unknown purposes and a group of people, declaring themselves to be environmental activists, try to storm a drilling platform, there are legitimate doubts about their intentions.”

But Yevgenia Belyakova, a Greenpeace activist, said: “We call for a stop to dangerous projects of oil drilling on the Arctic Shelf and with this demand the activists were holding peaceful, non-violent action.

“We hope the authorities will realise they were wrong, will realise the activists’ detention was illegal and will realise them back to their countries.”

The drama unfolded on September 19, after activists tried to scale the oil rig, 60 kilometres off Russia’s northern coast.

The environmentalists denounced the Russian response as heavy-handed, accusing special forces of pointing guns at them and slashing their rubber dinghies.

The authorities say the activists will be prosecuted regardless of nationality.

Piracy carries a potential 15-year jail term in Russia.

But Greenpeace has called for their release.

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