Greenpeace pleads with Russian embassy to free activists

Greenpeace maintain that their ship was not within the exclusion zone. (Greenpeace)

Greenpeace maintain that their ship was not within the exclusion zone. (Greenpeace)

Broadcast on 20th Sept 2013 on VoR.

RADIO:

Greenpeace is calling on the Russian authorities to free the 30 people detained after Russian Coast Guards boarded the Arctic Sunrise and made arrests following a protest against Gazprom’s Arctic oil drilling operations.

The conservation group has started an online campaign to free its members from custody and demanding and end to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic.

Nima Green reports for VoR.

On Wednesday, the border guard service of the FSB, Russia’s security service, forced four Greenpeace activists to abandon their climb onto an oil rig platform in the Arctic.

Two campaigners were arrested, and the rest returned to their ship, the Arctic Sunrise.

However, Russia says that their ship was still threatening the site’s security, and so on Thursday; the coastguard fired warning shots across the vessel, and subsequently boarded and detained 29 activists, including six Britons.

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