Greenpeace activists protesting against the detention by Russian authorities of 30 people held on piracy charges have scaled the Gazprom building in Paris and draped it with a banner calling for the release of the “Arctic 30.”
The detainees, 28 Greenpeace members and two freelance journalists, are being held in the Russian port city of Murmansk since they were arrested last month for demonstrating against offshore drilling in the Arctic
The head of Greenpeace Kumi Naidoo has offered himself to stand as security for those incarcerated after a Russian court denied bail to three of the detainees: “I’ve written to President Putin seeking an urgent meeting with him and offering to come to Russia and offer myself as a guarantor in exchange for the release and bail of the activists and to stay in Russia as long as the trial takes,” he said.
Russia claims that drugs have been discovered onboard the Dutch registered Arctic Sunrise icebreaker.
The Netherlands, meanwhile has launched legal proceedings against Russia saying it had unlawfully detained the activists and others on the vessel.