Greenpeace activists are not pirates. Even Putin knows that

Posted by John Sauven — 3 October 2013 at 11:08am - Comments
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Russian security services seize the Arctic Sunrise at gunpoint

Twenty-eight Greenpeace activists from 18 different countries, and two independent journalists, have been charged in Russia with piracy with a maximum 15 years in prison. This is despite president Putin saying last week: "Obviously, they are not pirates". But what is obvious to Putin, speaking in front of the world's press at an Arctic Forum, may become obscured within the labyrinth of the Russian legal system.

Please write to the Arctic 30 and let them know how much support they have

Posted by sara_a — 3 October 2013 at 9:18am - Comments
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Write a letter to the Arctic 30

The Arctic 30 are being detained in Russian prisons, charged with piracy. Please help us to shine a light into their cells, raise their spirits and let them know how much support they have all over the world. These 28 activists and two journalists are at the forefront of the battle against dangerous oil drilling in the Arctic, they are heroes not pirates. In their darkest moments we need to let them know they are not alone, so please write a card or letter with a message of support

Join the global day of solidarity for the Arctic 30 – Saturday 5th October

Posted by sara_a — 2 October 2013 at 3:13pm - Comments
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Join us in a peaceful vigil open to everyone

The Arctic 30 have now been charged with piracy by the Russian state prosecutor. They stood up to protect the Arctic, and they now face the possibility of spending years in prison on an absurd and outrageous charge. So let's stand with them in global day of solidarity this Saturday, 5th October.

We need 30 Twitter millionaires to #FreeTheArctic30

Posted by jamess — 2 October 2013 at 11:40am - Comments

Our friends are being charged with hooliganism for standing up to Gazprom. It’s an incredibly serious charge and carries a maximum sentence of 7 years in a Russian jail. Please tweet these people with millions of followers to help #FreeTheArctic30.

The man who showed us all the true threat in the Arctic

Posted by john_novis — 2 October 2013 at 11:30am - Comments
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An oil spill at the Rosneft oil extraction field, Siberia

A photo is key when it comes to bearing witness and Greenpeace has been a leading organization in visuals for over forty years. We go to the frontline of environmental issues to see for ourselves what is happening so that we can show others.

Free the Arctic 30, and lock up fossil fuels

Posted by Truls Gulowsen — 2 October 2013 at 11:25am - Comments
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Free the Arctic 30 protest outside the Russian Embassy in Switzerland

On Friday, peaceful activists from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise woke up in a freezing jail cell in Russia for trying to protect the Arctic and fight global warming. At the same time the UN panel on Climate Change released its latest report on the status of the world's climate.

Faiza: "The uncertainty is driving me crazy"

Posted by faiza_oulahsen — 2 October 2013 at 9:50am - Comments
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"I have no idea how this is going to end, or how long it's going to take" - Faiza Oulahsen, one of the Arctic 30

"I have no idea how this will end, how long it will take. The uncertainty is driving me crazy," writes Greenpeace campaigner Faiza Oulahsen in a letter from her cell in Murmansk, Russia. She writes about her experiences from entering the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise until a few days ago when she along with 29 others lost their freedom to the Russian security forces. "Two months in jail is one thing, but then? What then?" 

What do the experts say?

Posted by bex — 2 October 2013 at 9:29am - Comments
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Russian security services seize the Arctic Sunrise at gunpoint

A great number of legal experts have commented on the boarding and seizure of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise and on the piracy charges against the Arctic 30. Here is a selection:

Open thread: Call out for your ideas to help Free the Arctic 30

Posted by Nic S — 30 September 2013 at 5:23pm - Comments
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Together, we are strong.

As of yesterday, all 30 of the men and women who were aboard the Arctic Sunrise are being detained for two months in Russian jail, without charge. We must not let such blatant intimidation succeed. With the combined support of 4 million of us, who all want to see the Arctic protected, there is nothing we can’t do. Now is the time for creative action. Please add your suggestions and ideas on what we can do together to the comments below. I will read every one of them.

Arctic 30 to be held in Russian jail pending piracy investigation

Posted by Jessica Wilson — 27 September 2013 at 10:38am - Comments

Today in a court in Murmansk, Russia, the Arctic 30 were seen by six judges. No charges were laid, but all 30 are still being detained; 22 are being held for two months as Russian authorities pursue an investigation around piracy charges while eight are being held for three days awaiting a new hearing. Their names and status are below, alphabetically by nationality.

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