Around 30 Greenpeace activists who carried out a protest against Arctic oil drilling have been held for four days without charge
Russian prosecutors have accused around 30 Greenpeace activists of piracy and say they will prosecute all of them for trying to scale the Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Arctic.
Russia’s Investigative Committee are set to question the activists, six of whom are British nationals.
Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said: “All those who assaulted the platform, regardless of nationality, will be prosecuted.”
Greenpeace has strongly rejected Russian allegations of piracy and said its protest against Arctic oil drilling was peaceful.
“Our activists did nothing to warrant the reaction we’ve seen from the Russian authorities,” it said.
The campaigners were detained last Thursday, along with their ship, after two activists tried to climb onto an offshore platform the day before.
In a statement today, Greenpeace said its ship, Arctic Sunrise, had arrived in a fjord near Murmansk accompanied by a tug boat and the Russian Coast Guard vessel Ladoga.
“Greenpeace International lawyers are demanding immediate access to the 30 activists who have been help for over four days without legal or consular assistance. It is still not know whether Russia intends to lay formal charges and Greenpeace has not received any formal contact from the authorities,” it said.