Russian investigators plan to file charges against Greenpeace members, who tried to climb onto an oil drilling platform in the Artic, belonging to the state run company, Gazprom. They will be tried for piracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years and a fine of 500,000 rubles. ($15,500) The Greenpeace ship, the Artic Sunrise was seized by the Russian Coast Guard and was taken to a port near Murmansk.
The investigators plan to interrogate the thirty activists from 18 countries, to determine which ones to charge. Two of the activists tried to climb onto the Prirazlomnaya, aided by several others on the ship. Greenpeace was trying to hilight the environmental dangers of drilling in the Artic Sea.
Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin, released a statement on why Greenpeace members and it's ship was seized
“When a foreign vessel full of electronic technical equipment of unknown purpose and a group of people calling themselves members of an environmental rights organization try nothing less than to take a drilling platform by storm, logical doubts arise about their intentions."
The Greenpeace activists are from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.
Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo issued a statement that proclaimed:
“Peaceful activism is crucial when governments around the world have failed to respond to dire scientific warnings about the consequences of climate change in the Arctic and elsewhere."
“We will not be intimidated or silenced by these absurd accusations and demand the immediate release of our activists.”