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Russian authorities terminate investigation into ‘Arctic 30’ protest after twelve months

Last edited 1 October 2014 at 10:44am
1 October, 2014

Russia’s Investigative Committee (IC) has ended a year-long investigation into a peaceful protest at an Arctic oil rig last year which led to the imprisonment of 28 activists and two freelance journalists, including six Britons, who became known as the “Arctic 30”.

Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise welcomed home by Arctic 30

Last edited 9 August 2014 at 1:15pm
9 August, 2014

Amsterdam, 9 August 2014 - The Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise today sailed back into Dutch territorial waters after over 300 days in Russian custody. The ship had been held illegally since taking part in a peaceful direct action against state owned oil company Gazprom, as it tried to drill the world’s first oil well in icy Arctic waters.

Several members of the so called ‘Arctic 30’ were there to greet the ship, including Phil Ball from Oxfordshire in the UK, and boarded the vessel in Beverwijk, near Amsterdam.

“This is a joyous day for me, for my friends and for the millions of people around the world who campaigned for the release of the Arctic 30 and the Arctic Sunrise”, says Dutch climate and energy campaigner Faiza Oulahsen, who spent two months in Russian prison last year on piracy and then hooliganism charges following the protest.

Return of the Arctic Sunrise

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Faiza Oulahsen, one of the Arctic 30,  in front of the Arctic Sunrise
All rights reserved. Credit: Denis Sinyakov/Greenpeace

Those last days on the Arctic Sunrise in September 2013, gave me one of my most precious memories. That might sound odd to you: armed men with balaclavas abseiling down from a helicopter and holding some of the crew at gunpoint; unable to communicate with the outside world, our movements limited to a few rooms of the ship; unaware of the emotional rollercoaster that was lying ahead of us.

Our Arctic Sunrise is coming home

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Earlier this morning we had a remarkable phone call from Murmansk.

Greenpeace ship boarded and 44 activists arrested at Gazprom oil protest

Last edited 1 May 2014 at 3:41pm
1 May, 2014

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior has been boarded by Dutch security agents in the port of Rotterdam, who broke down the door of thecommunications room and towed the ship to shore after it intercepted a Russiantanker carrying Arctic oil to Europe.

Taking action, in freedom

Posted by faiza_oulahsen — 1 May 2014 at 11:59am - Comments
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Protest against Russian oil tanker transporting oil from the Gazprom drilling platform Prirazlomnaya

Today is the day. The very first barrels of Arctic oil have found their way to my home country. Gazprom, Russia’s biggest energy company, has shipped the first tanker with crude oil from the Arctic to the Rotterdam harbor, the Netherlands.

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