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Greenpeace ship boarded and 44 activists arrested at Gazprom oil protest

Last edited 1 May 2014 at 4:41pm
1 May, 2014

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior has been boarded by Dutch security agents in the port of Rotterdam, who broke down the door of thecommunications room and towed the ship to shore after it intercepted a Russiantanker carrying Arctic oil to Europe.

Greenpeace ‘Arctic 30’ activists trying to block Russian Arctic oil tanker in Rotterdam port

Last edited 1 May 2014 at 12:01pm
1 May, 2014

A group of 80 activists supported by the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior are attempting to stop Gazprom’s oil tanker Mikhail Ulyanov from delivering the first ever oil from icy Arctic waters. This is the same oil 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists were imprisoned in Russia for protesting against last year. Six were British. They are calling for a ban on offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and an urgent switch to new sources of energy.

President Vladimir Putin announces first shipment of Arctic oil from ‘Arctic 30’ protest rig

Last edited 18 April 2014 at 6:00pm
18 April, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin today announced that state owned energy company Gazprom has launched the first ever shipment of oil from offshore Arctic waters to Europe. 

In a telephone call with Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller - who was onboard the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Arctic’s Pechora sea - President Putin reportedly said that the shipment represents a “further expansion of Russia's presence in global energy markets”.

You can’t sink a rainbow, you can’t seize a sunrise

Posted by Alex Harris — 22 January 2014 at 3:44pm - Comments
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Alex Harris at the Greenpeace office in London

I trembled as I walked through the grounds of Murmansk prison on the 26th September.

Inmates watched me and the arrival of the other notorious 29 new prisoners through their cell windows. It was pitch black outside, but the prison was alive. Alive with the sound of barking dogs, prison alarms and prisoners shouting through their barred windows.

Arctic 30: they're home!

Posted by jamie — 27 December 2013 at 6:03pm - Comments
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Home at last: Anthony, Kieron, Alex, Iain and Phil arrive in London

They're finally home.

An hour ago, Alex, Anthony, Phil, Iain, and Kieron stepped through arrivals at St Pancras International, and are completely free at last.

The last of the Arctic 30 gets bail

Posted by Esther Freeman — 28 November 2013 at 5:48pm - Comments
Colin Russell at his detention hearing in St Petersburg
All rights reserved. Credit: Dmitri Sharomov / Greenpeace

Amazing news! This morning Colin Russell was in court in St Petersburg to appeal the decision that he should not be released on bail. Not even four minutes after we learned that his hearing had started, news came that Colin had been granted bail.

Gazprom's emergency ships take a break from “permanent” duty

Posted by Nic S — 18 November 2013 at 7:11pm - Comments
Thanks for the image, Gazprom.
All rights reserved. Credit: Gazprom

Gazprom, the Russian oil company that claimed the Arctic 30 carried something “resembling a bomb”, are not famous for safety. However, their news site claims that they have implemented “permanent” emergency vessels to deal with an Arctic disaster:

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