October 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Arctic Oil Meets Greenpeace Activists
Greenpeace activists confront Russia’s Arctic oil drilling. Now they’re deep in prison and charged with piracy. We go to the Arctic, and the prison.
Russian Coast Guards seize the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise, following a protest by Greenpeace activists at a Russian oil platform in the Pechora Sea, off the coast of Russia. Greenpeace said Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 that four activists and a journalist who were detained after protesting at a Russian oil platform have been charged with piracy and could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. (AP)
Never mind for a minute Tom Hanks and “Captain Phillips” and Somali pirates. Very far from Somalia’s blistering heat, we’ve got piracy charges in the Russian Arctic, Greenpeace protesters shouting sham, an American ship’s captain Peter Wilcox, and 29 more, in a Murmansk prison for protesting oil drilling in the melting North. It was high Arctic drama on September 18, when Russian commandos rope-lined from helicopters onto Greenpeace protesters by a giant rig. Now it’s piracy charges and global protest. Up next On Point: Arctic oil, Russian crackdown and Greenpeace in prison.
– Tom Ashbrook
Daniel Sandford, Moscow correspondent for the BBC. (@BBCDanielS)
Phil Radford, executive director of Greenpeace USA. (@Phill_Radford)
Veronica Dmitriyeva, partner of radio journalist and Greenpeace press security Andrey Allakhverdov, who is currently being detained by Russian officials on “suspicion of piracy.” (@DMVeronica)
Heather Conley, senior fellow and director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. (@CSIS)
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