International organisation Greenpeace has announced this Wednesday 23 October 2013 that their activists held in prison by Russian authorites where not charged anymore with “piracy” (maximum jail sentence of +- 15 years) but now with “hooliganism” (maximum jail sentence of 7 years).
“We will contest the trumped up charge of hooliganism as strongly as we contested the piracy allegations. They are both fantasy charges that bear no relation to reality. The Arctic 30 protested peacefully against Gazprom’s dangerous oil drilling and should be free.”
Remember: 1st week of October 2013, 30 Greenpeace activists (‘Arctic 30′) of the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker were charged with piracy by a Russian court after their team had sent on September 18, 2013 inflatable boats to the Gazprom platform in the the Pechora Sea to protest against the energy giant’s oil drilling in such pristine environment… further info here >>