Update: When last we checked in on the seafaring antics of Greenpeace, we found that they weren’t faring so well up in Russian waters. The no-nonsense Russians said they were ready to open fire on Greenpeace ships that interfered with their Arctic energy projects.
Better than firing on a Greenpeace ship? Arresting and charging them with piracy. From the Wall Street Journal today:
MOSCOW—Russia has opened a piracy case against Greenpeace environmental activists who attempted to scale an OAO Gazprom oil platform in the Barents Sea last week to protest Arctic drilling.
The Investigative Committee, the federal law-enforcement body conducting the probe, vowed Tuesday to bring to justice all those involved in the Sept. 18 incident “regardless of their citizenship.” The crew of 30 onboard the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise includes one American, four Russians and six Britons.
Under Russian law, piracy carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. The activists haven’t been charged.
The announcement of the criminal case came as authorities towed the Dutch-flagged ship from the Prirazlomnaya drilling platform to the port city of Murmansk. The crew, which had been held on board by Russian officers since the confrontation, was then taken ashore late Tuesday for questioning.
Maybe Greenpeace should try Somalia. I hear piracy works better there.