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Russian Court Releases 3 Arrested Greenpeace Activists on Bail
19.11.2013 10:25
Russian Court Releases 3 Arrested Greenpeace Activists on Bail
http://ria.ru/investigation/20131118/977842947.html

On Monday, November 18, Russian court granted bail to three people from of the Greenpeace group that was detained in September for mounting a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic Sea.

      A judge at Kalininsky District Court in St. Petersburg set the bail for freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov, who was on an assignment to cover the Greenpeace protest in the Arctic, and Yekaterina Zaspa, who was ship doctor for the environmental organization’s Arctic Sunrise icebreaker, at 2 million rubles ($61,500) per person. Activist Andrei Allakhverdov was also granted bail, Greenpeace tweeted late Monday.

      On the whole, there are 28 Greenpeace activists and two reporters arrested for attempting to climb aboard an Arctic Sea oil platform owned by an affiliate of state-run energy giant Gazprom. The activists were initially charged with piracy, but those charges were later downgraded to hooliganism, an offense punishable by up to seven years in jail.

      Their arrest has been condemned by Greenpeace itself together with Russia’s Journalists’ Union and some prominent Russian media outlets, as well as international media freedom non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders.




Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Greenpeace Russian courts Arctic Sunrise   

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