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Russia softens charges against Greenpeace activists from piracy to hooliganism

23.10.2013 16:31

Russia’s Investigative Committee has stated that the charges against the Greenpeace activists from the Arctic Sunrise have been softened from “piracy” to “hooliganism”.

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internet guy 11.11.2013 12:07

LoL, "peaceful protest"? More like disturbing the peace.

Gree npeace is known for using violent tactics like ramming ships, and using projectiles. How can anyone call attacking ships at sea, in other words piracy, peaceful?

W ho's funding them anyway that they can afford these expensive ships, and all the replacements when they're damaged or impounded?


jaybee 09.11.2013 04:55

Greenpeace is a scam promoted by the large capitalist banksters. In 2010 my partners and I hurridly made ready an oil skimmer which would have been in position to recover up to 10000 gallons an hour of the crude oil two weeks after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The facts are that skimming technology has developed to such a degree that with a relatively modest investment oil rigs all over the world would be able to have almost any spill contained and mopped up. We wern't allowed to skim up any oil, and Greenpeace never showed up anywhere even while the "cleanup' workers were poisining the marshes with Corexits.


Lolu Lolu 31.10.2013 07:17

logical-americ an 24.10.2013 13:55

Als o, 7 years for 'hooliganism'? Still quite disproportionate, don't you think?


In Singapore a capital punishment exists for having narcotics. Do you respect this law? If you don't, you are in trouble in Singapore and no one would help you.
Every country had different laws and you have to respect the law of a country you are in.


Lolu Lolu 31.10.2013 07:13

john 24.10.2013 13:59

'Hang their posters?' Another terrifying act of piracy halted. All that the Russian prosecutors have successfully done is fan the flames. Instead of the story being Greenpeace show up at a platform....


And we will stop right here. They violated 500m safety zone around the platform and will be accountable for this. Then disobeying orders if coast guards, then pushing the boat of coast guards at rough seas, lots of other interesting things. All this stuff counts for good 7 years in jail and if Russia is very kind, might be a year or two.


Lolu Lolu 31.10.2013 07:08

john 24.10.2013 15:08

You are just being absurd now Count Cash. Russia has done something stupid and now


It is Greenpeace guys who did lots of stupid things violating the law, Russia strictly follows the law in this instance. Greenpeace's strategy is protesting via breaking the law, likewise the law may apply its full force in such instances. The Russians are the guys delivering this simple message


Andrew Pate 24.10.2013 21:56

Given that mining the artic oil causing global warming is likely to result in the death of hundreds worldwide over the next century or two, what exactly was the nature of the real threat posed to the rigs employees?
(RT please elaborate)

Anyway at least Russia didn't attempt to blow up the Arctic Sunrise, Like the french did to the Rainbow warrior in 1985, killing a member of the crew. I wonder in hindsite if the French have really benefited financially, politically and militarily from their nuclear tests in Moruroa, I doubt it.

Maybe Russia will doubt the benefits of exploiting the artics oil too in 30 years time.


john 24.10.2013 15:08

You are just being absurd now Count Cash. Russia has done something stupid and now you are suggesting it is some grand fight for national sovereignty. No such concept as ‘Freedom of interfering boarding Protest’ exists in international maritime law for fairly obvious reasons. And even if it did, there is not a snowballs chance in a volcano that there is or ever could be an international consensus on it. And even if there was, Russia would not be obliged to change its domestic law.


john 24.10.2013 13:59

'Hang their posters?' Another terrifying act of piracy halted. All that the Russian prosecutors have successfully done is fan the flames. Instead of the story being Greenpeace show up at a platform, promptly get arrested for trespassing and charged with minor vandalism, ect. The story now reads Russian prosecutors level piracy charge against activists trying to hang posters with potentially a very long maximum sentence. I am sure Greenpeace are relishing the publicity they are getting from this and their new status as martyrs. Now the back down just makes the Russian position look even more embarrassing.


macrophor 24.10.2013 13:55

So you want them to rot in jail for 10 years for this crime of trying to stop an oil company from polluting the world by being charged as pirates? I am fed up of breathing smog and car fumes everyday thanks to these oil companies. What damage did they cause? An oil spill? An explosion? it was a public relations exercise and it worked. Great work Greenpeace!!


john 24.10.2013 13:28

Count Cash 24.10.2013 09:11

I believe more serious charges are possible and may be forth coming; they may cover drugs, assaults, terrorism and espionage...... The pirate charged was maintainable, but we work for results not PR!


Your faith in the integrity of the Russian legal system is touching. So the charge was maintainable, it just won't get a result :p, lol. I am sure many acts of piracy have been committed using banners and with the pirate ship keeping a casual five hundred meters distance.


Deniz Gec 24.10.2013 06:08

Stop overfishing n the mediterranean


Ed Camilo 24.10.2013 00:26

If The ship is not sea worthy, do the right thing!


Ed Camilo 24.10.2013 00:24

Russia should turn the case against Greenpeace over to the ICC or the owrld court and see how they would handle it. That would show much good will from the russian side and put those mentioned institutions on the spot light . Let's see what everyone is made of. and Russia would come out of this mess smelling like a rose! do it Mr. Putin . let me be your adviser! this is an international incident. take it to the world court and let them deal with it.


Earl Bramley-Howard 23.10.2013 23:55

isn't it time fossil fuel corporations were charged with 'VANDALISM' of our environment??


john 23.10.2013 20:56

Did Russia really charge Greenpeace with piracy when they didn't come within 500 meters of the platform? LOL, is there a Russian version of Pirates of the Caribbean I can watch somewhere?

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