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Russians Seize Greenpeace Ship Protesting Arctic Oil Drilling Rig - Sign Petition For Putin To Release Crew


By CR - Posted on 21 September 2013


(Picture: Crew of Greenpeace's ship "Arctic Sunrise" - Credit: Greenpeace.org)

SEP 21, 2013 - Paul Watson left Greenpeace because they were too wimpy for him, but his popular new show "Whale Wars" might be having an effect and pressuring Greenpeace to ramp up their efforts. The Russians are starting to build oil drilling rig platforms in the Barents Sea for the first time, and it is threatening the biosystem and wildlife in the area; so Greenpeace launched a protest campaign against this drilling. Last Wednesday, Greenpeace activists attempted to board the Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya drilling rig to shut it down; soldiers fired at them and they were unsuccessful. The next day the Russians fired shots across the bow of their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, and then boarded it with Russian internal security service soldiers (the FSB) and seized control of the Greenpeace ship. They detained all the crew in the galley, and detained the captain on the bridge. The Russian foreign minister excused his government's behaviour by accusing the activists of "aggressive and provocative behaviour", and the ship is being taken back to the Russian port of Murmansk. Greenpeace is calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release the ship and the more than 20 crew members; so far he has not. Read more on BBCNews.com here, and also check out the Greenpeace website on the incident and sign the petition calling on President Putin to release the hostages now.