Skip to comments.Faiza: "The uncertainty is driving me crazy" (A letter by a Greenpeace activist arrested in Russia)
Posted on 10/02/2013 8:53:29 AM PDT by Freelance Warrior
I was locked up on the ship from Thursday 19 September 18:30 until Tuesday evening.
I was one of the first ones to be taken in to what I thought would be an interrogation. There I sat, on a chair inside a cold room. Next to me was a translator, a young lady, who apparently had studied English. She told me that a written report had to be compiled on the incident. I requested a Dutch translator and was told, "That's not possible."
I willingly stated that I would confirm my personal details, but that I would not say anything further until such time as a lawyer was present. "It's just a report" they said. I laughed and said, "I need my lawyer." After a while Vladizlav, my lawyer, came in.
Around midnight I was taken to the rest of the group. At that moment, a number [of people] were handcuffed and taken away. After that we were supposed to be incarcerated for 48 hours. Handcuffed we were taken away in groups to three different buildings. Upon arrival we were put together with six women from our group in a cell. It took quite a while before we were called one by one for intake; therefore we just laid on the floor and wooden tables, because we were dead tired.
Around 5 o'clock I was taken to my cell. It was ice cold and the lights were on constantly.
The following day we went again to the office. The previous night I was informed that I was going to be charged with piracy and other made-up stories. Today I get to hear who the leaders of the investigation team are of course drafted in a Russian document. I requested a translation on paper and a copy of the original document. I was told that I had to get my lawyer to request it from the "General in Moscow."
The next day, Thursday 26/9 was a very heavy day. We were again transported in busses, but this time in a dark, locked up metal cage, where just one person could fit, like animals get transported, to the FSB office.
There we were placed and locked up in windowed cages and we waited for the hearing. Very inhumane.
After a few of us had had the hearing, we were informed that we were under arrest and would be put away for two months until the trial. Alex burst out in tears. I started to lose the calmness and self-control I had been using the past couple of days, slowly but surely. Two months in a cell is one thing but after that? A sentence of a few months or a few years in a case based on lies?
Martin, the consul, said that I should stay calm because the Dutch have a good communication with the Russians. Good communication?? For what, I ask myself? Over the fact that the Russians illegally entered Dutch territory and pushed us into International waters so that they can violently arrest us? Is the Dutch Government demanding our release? Immediately? The Russians are not even allowed to arrest us and they still do it. They do exactly whatever they feel like.
They still have to get me and the 7 others a translator for the hearing, and I hope they dont find one until Sunday because then I still stand a chance to be deported.
He was already crazy. I’m certain...............
This is what happens when children poke men in the eye.
His ship was Dutch Territory?
No Dutch translators? Ha, ha, ha. This is GREAT! I’m loving every moment of this. And the rooms are cold...poor baby. I don’t think they heat the prisons very well in Russia!
Next time keep off of other people’s oil rigs.
My only regret is that a certain senior official was not on the oil-rig infiltration team.
What a stupid person you poke the bear in the eye & are surprised that the bear doesn’t play nice. As for being transported in a Russian paddy wagon what did the dumbass expect a limo?
Let’s see how she looks after a few months in a Russian prison.
He aims with his left eye? He doesn’t know guns either?
She just needs a good strong man to straighten her out. Hope she does not spent many years in a Russian Prison. That would be a real waste of a nice child bearing age female. And yes, Laz I know you’d “hit it”.
LOL I’ll let you inform him....
LOL! Way to go dumbass. Too bad the frenchies didn’t get to your boat first. You think the Russians give to craps about you and your BS career of acting like gnats? Hello Siberia. Gulag 13 calling.
Maybe Putin has an opposite-dominant eye.
Anyway, boo-hoo-hoo to this sea hippie & I hope she likes cold kasha with her black bread.
Nice makeup for a jail cell.
Is she getting conjugal visits with Putin?
“He aims with his left eye? He doesnt know guns either?”
Lots of right handed people have left eye dominance. They shoot just fine.
Don’t worry honey, just think, maybe you’ll get to hang with Pussy Riot in prison.
The real weakness in his pistol form is squinting/closing the other eye.
Cry me a river! Boo hoo hoo! /s
See you in 5 to 7 hard years.
The self-importand little whiners thought that the world revolves around them and they were entitled to try to force others to perform to their personal standards and are beginning to cry because it is not happening the way they thought it would. It was supposed to be a day of adventure, with climbing aboard the evil oil rigs to place their flags and shriek in joy, then return home to parades and cakes and peace prize medals all around.
Instead they are locked away for who knows how long. And cold.
I feel so bad now, I might actually shed a tear! (insert sound of tiniest violin in the world playing)
He should be grateful the Russians didn’t set him adrift in a leaky lifeboat with no charts or even a compass.
That would be a real waste of a nice child bearing age female...Bet she’s a rug eater.
He’d better have had a helmet on if he was on my firing line at Ft Gordon GA.
“Bam,” with the range paddle. “WTF is this!!!”
Under the old Soviet Russians he wouldn’t be whining about his treatment...he’d be crab chow on a muddy bottom.
That should be “she”, of course.
In today’s world is it OK to feel alright about the arrest and incarceration of these greenpeace eco-terrorist trespassers? I feel OK about it. Is something wrong with me?
The should have shot the sobs and dropped them into the ocean.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes...
Putin must have vision problems in his right eye.
Geen Nederlands vertaler? Ga-ga-ga
Let’s do the same to our environmental terrorists.
Your angst is the frosting on my cake.
Looks guilty up close.