WASHINGTON — Russian authorities arrested and charged Greenpeace activists from various nations with piracy, after interfering in a protest.
Reuters reported that the activists protested against Arctic oil drilling at a platform by the Russian government-owned energy company Gazprom. The charges are punishable for up to 15 years in prison.
Thirty activists boarded a Russian oil rig, called the Prirazlomnaya platform, and two tried to scale it. The oil rig is important for Russia’s attempt to mine Arctic oil resources.
Five people are charged: Brazilian Ana Paula Alminhana, Russian Roman Dolgov, Finnish Sini Saarela, British citizen Kieron Bryan, and Dima Litvinov, a dual Swedish-American citizen. They were aboard the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise.