Greenpeace: Russia Boarded Our Ship, Took Us Captive
Activists were trying to board Gazprom oil platform
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 20, 2013 11:38 AM CDT
Five Greenpeace activists attempt to climb the "Prirazlomnaya," an oil platform operated by Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom, in Russia's Pechora Sea, Sept. 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/Denis Sinyakov, Greenpeace)

(Newser) – Russian security forces boarded and took control of a Greenpeace ship in the Arctic yesterday, holding its crew at gunpoint, the activist group has announced. Greenpeace's Arctic Campaign coordinator Christy Ferguson tells CBC News that at least 15 Russian coast guard officers rappeled down onto the Arctic Sunrise ship from helicopters, and are currently holding the crew in the ship's mess. The ship will be taken to the port of Murmansk, according to Russia's Interfax news service. Greenpeace says it was seized in international waters, and should be released.

Four of the activists attempted to board a Russian oil platform in the Barents Sea on Wednesday and prevent it from drilling, the BBC reports. Two activists were detained in that incident, which saw a Russian coast guard ship fire warning shots across the Arctic Sunrise's bow. Russia's foreign ministry called the stunt "aggressive and provocative," saying it "threatened people's lives and could lead to environmental catastrophe." The ministry also summoned the Dutch ambassador to express its displeasure.

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Nov 13, 2013 6:39 PM CST
Wildlife groups weren't impressed by Putin's foray into the world of whale research, Reuters notes. The International Fund for Animal Welfare issued a statement slamming Putin for staging a "save-the-whales" photo-op while the activities of a state-controlled oil company nearby threatened the same population of whales that the expedition he joined is studying. (HA!)
Sep 21, 2013 5:07 PM CDT
When I watched (which was rarely) "Whale Wars" or whatever they called the Green terrorists interferring with whalers, I always cheered for the whalers. The self proclaimed "saviours of the Earth" would cut off ships in legal pursuit or drop ropes or nets to foul propellers - then flee out of the area leaving the stranded and incapicated ship on its own. They would lob or shoot dye and stink bombs onto the whaler ships and use other terrorist tactics. Their reckless actions often risked damage to the whalers equipment and injury to the whaler crewmen. The whalers were far more tolerant of the Ecoterrorists than I would have been (but then they probably knew they were being filmed). A happy ending would be that the Greenpeace ship is mysteriously lost at sea....after the Russians release it...
Sep 21, 2013 10:13 AM CDT
Russians have a right to protect their assets as the US does.