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Greenpeace Activists Arrested Over Action near Gazprom Office
6.09.2012 13:44
Greenpeace Activists Arrested Over Action near Gazprom Office

Ten activists from Greenpeace environmental organization were arrested on Wednesday after a demonstration outside the Moscow office of Gazprom.

      The activists, four of them are foreigners, were dressed like polar bears, blocking the entrance to the Gazprom office during the demonstration against oil and gas projects in the Arctic.

      The activists set up an improvised Arctic reserve, pitched tents on the snow and chained themselves to the fence. The action lasted about an hour, then the activists were arrested and taken to the district police station.

      They are charged under Part 2 of Article 20 of the Code on Administrative Offenses, violation of the rules on public events.

      At the end of August, six activists occupied the "Prirazlomnaya" oil drilling platform in the Pechora Sea to protest against drilling for oil in the Arctic. They were forced to end the protest when sailors aboard the ship doused them with high-pressure water cannons.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Gazprom Greenpeace Russian oil companies protest actions  

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