Skip to comments.Greenpeace activists denied bail by Russian court considering piracy charge
Posted on 09/26/2013 10:08:06 AM PDT by bkopto
A court in Murmansk, north-west Russia, was continuing to decide on Thursday the fate of the 30 Greenpeace activists arrested during an Arctic drilling protest.
Three of those arrested, including a freelance photographer and a Canadian national, have already been refused bail and remanded in custody.
Russian prosecutors have accused the activists of piracy as part of an organised group, an offence that carries a maximum 15-year jail term. The activists were on board Greenpeace's boat the Arctic Sunrise and were protesting against drilling at an oil rig off Russia's northern shores.
Greenpeace has dismissed the charges as absurd, saying it has a long history of nonviolent protest and it is clear that there was no intent of piracy or terrorism in the actions of its activists.
The court said Denis Sinyakov, a photographer who formerly worked for the Reuters news agency, was a flight risk as he had frequently travelled abroad. He was remanded in custody for two months, and led out of the courtroom wearing handcuffs. Roman Dolgov, a marine pollution expert from Greenpeace, was also denied bail, so was Canadian Paul Ruzycki.
Decisions in the cases of other foreign activists on board the ship, who come from 18 different countries, are expected during the course of Thursday afternoon. A British consular official is in Murmansk attempting to offer support to the six Britons among the arrested activists.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, weighed in to the debate on Wednesday. He said it was obvious that the activists were not pirates, "but formally they were trying to seize this platform. It is evident that those people violated international law."
Despite Putin's words, prosecutors have pressed ahead with the piracy charges.
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D*mn, I’m liking Putin more and more.
If he arrests and imprisons the Gore man/boy/thing, I’ll vote for him for president.
(Really, it’ll be much much better than the Obamadork.)
Hang’em from the yardarm.
Greenpeace stated they should be allowed to disrupt anyone’s commercial business for IDEOLOGICAL REASONS without suffering consequences.
You can bet they would have taken over the rig if they could..put em in jail...
Guess a public hanging is a bit overboard......
hope they freeze their soft little fannies off.....should have been stopped a long time ago....
They should put Quad 50’s (or 14.5 MM if they wanna buy Ruskie)on their platforms.
Good for the Russians. Send the Greenpeace idiots to Siberia to work in the mines. It will be the first useful work any of them will have ever done in their miserable lives. Cut their ship up and sell the scrap or the Russi9an Navy can expend it as a target.
The idiots deserve whatever they get.
These enviro nut jobs are learning the hard way that the Russians won’t put up with these antics like the Japanese have.
Heh. Hard heads have to feel. These psychos deserve what they get.
Yeah but, a group hug fest with polar bears seems appropriate though. I mean, I've seen those Coca-Cola ads and those darn bears are cute and friendly. Tim Treadwell sends his regards.
“saying it has a long history of nonviolent protest “
B.S. Greenpeace is GreenTerror. They are pirates and should have been left floating in the ocean.
I guess they are surprised that not every country is as accommodating as the USA. Send them to the Gulag in Siberia so that they can see the land they are trying to preserve.
The limp-wristed greens will learn a lesson, and go back to harassing US, Japanese, Swedish or Dutch vessels.
Putin knows well that he can say whatever he wants said, and have the court do whatever he wants done.
It can be believed that Greenpeace didn't plan to take ownership of the place and have the crew walk the plank. However technically they attempted boarding of a ship at sea against wishes of the crew in charge. If they were allowed to proceed, they could have attacked the crew or destroyed the equipment. When your ship is boarded by strangers you do not wait until they start killing to call them pirates. Greenpeace specializes in sabotage, not in killing, but that's not an excuse.
The crime has also occurred inside the exclusive economic zone of Russia, and within 3 miles around the platform that are closed to ship traffic without permission (for obvious safety reasons.) Greenpeace says they only used unflatables to get there. Just like the USS Cole bombers did. Putin already mentioned Kenya terrorists, and that makes plenty of sense. These days you do not allow hostile strangers closer than the range of effective fire.
I think Russia will confiscate the ship and slap everyone with some symbolic jail term (to the time served.) This will send a message to Greenpeace: "If you want to lose more ships, send them over. Our Coast Guard is always ready for a training exercise. If not, go and mess with Norway or any other peace-loving euro-pacifist country that will not even think of repelling you."
Let them rot in a Russian prison.
If the current administration more than ignored the cries for help from Benghazi, they certainly should not give any help to these destroyers!
May I suggest The Lubyanka?
“Like, dude, there's no WiFi in here!!!!”
*makes face like the kid in Home Alone*
I like Putin style to send environmentalists to the Gulag to cut trees down. I would even let them have a prayer service for each tree they murdered. It’s going to be a funny outcome if they do get sent to Siberia.
May I suggest The Lubyanka? *
Perhaps now that Russia and Turkey have improved, a Russian official might want to send them to a Turkish prison, should they complain about their accommodations.
Don’t send them to the mines, send them to cut trees. It is a more appropriate punishment and very traditional.
Looks like SOMEBODY knows how to deal with individuals who enter their country illegally...
(a) any illegal acts of violence or detention, or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or a private aircraft, and directed -Oil platforms are "property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any State". The Greenpeacers appear to have boarded the platform with the intent of interfering with the operation of the platform, in a way that would cause economic loss, which fits the definition of depredation as "damage or loss".
(i) on the high seas, against another ship or aircraft, or against persons or property on board such ship or aircraft;
(ii) against a ship, aircraft, persons or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any State;
Therefore, it appears that a case, under international law, can be made for them being engaged in piracy.
The Russians ,at least, have someone in charge who wants to preserve their heritage ,even going so far as to protect Christianity and prevent the spread of homosexual propaganda.
The Russian peoples have had the experience of 7 decades of socialism which caused more suffering than any Tsar would have conceived of in his most insane moments.The American people have experienced prosperity and freedom for decades only to embrace failed socialism.
Anyone have a recoding of “The World Turned Upside Down” ?
I love a story with a happy ending.
Russia, PLEASE confiscate the Greenpeace ship and all property of the “activists” and sentence them to “life at hard labor” cutting trees and doing other useful work in Siberia.
It is long past time someone taught these enviro-terrorists a harsh lesson. It just might deter others from trying the same idiotic and dangerous stunts. Greenpeace didn’t mess with France after having a boat sunk by French frogmen.
They may ultimately be released, but not until after a long stay in a Russian jail awaiting trial.
One more thing.Stupid,arrogant ,spoiled brats of the U.S. ,England, and other countries need reminding that not everyone will be as tolerant of their asinine antics as their own foolish countrymen have been.
I despise Greenpeace and the Sierra Club because they are going to cause my electric bill to double again with closing of the local coal-fired plants ;and that is in addition to the six-fold increase in costs from the EPA regulations and “normal” inflation since 1980.
Well,darn,I was wrong.Looks like under Russian law they can be sentenced to a maximum of ONLY 15 years.
“Long history of non-violent protest”? First of all, it’s a lie. Greenpiss is known for its brazen tactics that include ramming other vessels, tearing crane booms and other apparatus off their targets, and spraying them with toxic bilge or waste water. And the point is moot anyway, since the issue here is what they were doing on the Russian oil platform, not what they’ve historically done on their other raids.
U.S. could trade them Obama for Putin and include a future draft pick like Hillary to boot.
Maybe lock ‘em up with some folks suspected of butt piracy.
Natasha: "We have country club prisons, dahlink?"
Boris: "Da. Is prison in country where they beat you with clubs."