Right now, the crew of the Greenpeace International ship the Arctic Sunrise is being held by armed Russian Coast Guards after they illegally boarded the ship in international waters.
The Arctic Sunrise had been part of a peaceful protest against energy giant Gazprom which is poised to drill for the first oil to come out of the icy waters of the Arctic.
Using a helicopter and ropes, armed Coast Guard officials boarded the ship and started rounding up the activists, assembling them on the helideck. They subsequently arrested 25 protesters. The Arctic Sunrise was circling Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform inside international waters and outside the jurisdiction of Russian authorities, making the boarding of the ship unlawful.
- Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom
Please release the Greenpeace activists immediately. Seizing the Arctic Sunrise in international waters is illegal and holding peaceful activists at gunpoint is totally unacceptable.
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