This Is What Happens To Greenpeace Activists in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the northern Russian city of Murmansk has sent another Greenpeace activist to jail for two months over a protest at a drilling platform in Arctic waters.

Last week, the court ordered 20 activists and two journalists jailed pending an investigation, but put off the hearings for the remaining eight activists until Sunday.

Greenpeace activists demonstrate near the Russian embassy in Paris, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. They are demonstrating against the ruling of a Russian court that led to the jailing of the environmental group’s activists for a protest, by Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, near an oil platform in the Arctic. On Thursday, the court in the city of Murmansk jailed 22 members of the Greenpeace team who were protesting near the platform last week. The demonstrators are holding photos of the activists who were aboard the Arctic Sunrise. (Credit: AP/Remy de la Mauviniere) 

Dmitry Litvinov, who has dual U.S. and Swedish citizenship, was the first to have his case heard.

No charges have been brought against any of the activists. Russian prosecutors are considering whether to charge them with piracy, among other offenses.

The Russian Coast Guard disrupted the activists’ attempt to scale the oil platform on Sept. 18. The next day, they seized Greenpeace’s ship, the Arctic Sunrise, and towed it with the crew aboard to Murmansk.


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