*[Enwl] [press-release] Armed Russian Coast Guard boards peaceful Greenpeace protest ship, arrests crew
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Armed Russian Coast Guard boards peaceful Greenpeace protest ship, arrests
Pechora Sea, September 19, 2013 — The Russian Coast Guard has boarded the
Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise and is arresting the 25
activists on board following a protest against Gazprom’s Arctic oil drilling
At the time of the boarding, the Arctic Sunrise was circling Gazprom’s
Prirazlomnaya platform at the three nautical mile limit, inside
international waters. Coordinates confirm that the ship was inside of Russia’s
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), making this an illegal boarding by the
Russian Coast Guard. (1)
The coordinates at the time of the boarding were: 69-19-53N : 57-16-53E
Using a helicopter and ropes, armed Coast Guard officials boarded the vessel
and started rounding up the activists, assembling them on the helideck.
Greenpeace International activists locked inside the radio room said they
saw other activists detained on their knees with guns pointed at them.
The Coast Guard had earlier arrested and held without charge two Greenpeace
International activists who had scaled Gazprom’s drill platform on Wednesday
in a peaceful protest.
Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said:
“This illegal boarding of a peaceful protest ship highlights the extreme
lengths that the Russian government will go to to keep Gazprom’s dangerous
Arctic drilling away from public scrutiny.
“We ask President Putin to restrain the Coast Guard and order them to
holster their guns and withdraw. We are a peaceful organisation and our
protest has done nothing to warrant this level of aggression.”
The Russian Ministry of International Affairs earlier claimed the Coast
Guard intervened during Wednesday’s protest because the Arctic Sunrise
represented an environmental and security threat — a claim that Greenpeace
International strongly disputes.
“The Coast Guard has boarded our vessels with guns, threatened our activists
at gunpoint and fired 11 warning shots across our ship, so who is the real
threat to safety here?” said Ben Ayliffe, head of Greenpeace International’s
Arctic oil campaign.
“Drilling for oil here in the Arctic is a grave environmental risk that must
be stopped and this is why Greenpeace International came here, taking
peaceful action to defend the environment on behalf of the millions of
people around the world who are opposed to drilling operations.
“Make no mistake, the real threat to the Arctic comes not from Greenpeace
International but from oil companies like Gazprom that are determined to
ignore both science and good sense to drill in remote, frozen seas.”
Greenpeace International press desk: pressdesk.int на greenpeace.org or +31 20
718 24 70
(1) The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea guarantees foreign vessels
freedom to navigate in the Exclusive Economic Zone of another State without
interference of any kind. Convention text at
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