All 30 members of Greenpeace ship charged with piracy
All 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise crew have been charged with piracy, the Russian Investigative Committee press office said on Thursday.
"All suspects in the criminal case over the attempt on the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea were charged under the Article 227 Part 3, piracy committed by an organized group, by Thursday evening," the press office said.
The suspects pled not guilty and currently refuse to give any testimony, the press office said.
The piracy charges brought against 30 crew members of the Arctic Sunrise boat, which was detained by Russian border guards in the Pechora Sea on September 19, are absolutely groundless, Greenpeace Russia executives said.
"It is difficult to say anything. Probably the word absurd suits it the best. We are astonished," Greenpeace Russia program director Ivan Blokov told Interfax on Thursday.
The Investigative Committee completed charging the entire crew of the Arctic Sunrise in Murmansk on Thursday. Environmentalists have been detained for attempting to stage a protest against oil extraction at the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea. The activists have been brought to Murmansk and placed under arrest.
"An appeal will happen, legal steps will happen," Blokov said regarding the next steps of Greenpeace. "Representatives from all the countries, from which members of the Arctic Sunrise crew came, will be involved in this," he said.
Greenpeace said that the rally in the Pechora Sea was a peaceful one.
The crew of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise boat, which was detained in the Pechora Sea, amounted to 30 people. The environmentalists were detained over a protest rally against oil extraction at the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea. The activists have been brought to Murmansk and placed under arrest.