In pictures: Oil Spill Patrol Team cleans up in Russia's Komi Republic

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 15 August 2014 at 2:50pm - Comments
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Site of an oil spill outside Usinsk in the Komi Republic

We all took notice when about 4.9 million barrels of oil were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but the fact that about 30 million barrels of oil are spilled on Russian land each year might be news to a lot of us.

Russian government votes for Arctic 30 amnesty

Posted by Esther Freeman — 18 December 2013 at 4:43pm - Comments
Arctic 30 in St Petersburg
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Big news! The Arctic 30 have been granted amnesty.

Earlier today the Russian government agreed to amend an amnesty bill to include the Arctic 30, and just now the bill was officially adopted by their parliament. This means legal proceedings against them will be halted and they should be home soon.

Russian embassy replies to your emails demanding freedom for the Arctic 30

Posted by Graham Thompson — 6 December 2013 at 3:10pm - Comments
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Over 2.5 million emails have been sent to Russian embassies around the world

We've received a reply from the Russian embassy in London in response to the thousands of emails sent in support of the Arctic 30. It's a shame they didn't respond to everyone personally, but any response is always welcome.

It's a short letter from press secretary Artem Kozhin and a much longer Q&A-style document which sets out the Russian government's position, but naturally it's not one that I, or anyone else here, agrees with.

Here are the main claims and allegations, and details on why they're unfounded.

VIDEO: 'Thank you so much. You give us hope.'

Posted by jamie — 20 November 2013 at 1:20pm - Comments

The Arctic 30 detention hearings are continuing today - you can watch the live feed from court and follow the latest updates - and so far, 15 people have been granted bail. Colin Russell is the notable exception, and we'll be appealing that decision.

Here are two videos straight out of St Petersburg - an uplifting message from Faiza, and a powerful statement from Kieron.

Arctic 30: 'I haven't committed a crime. I have nothing to run from.'

Posted by jamie — 19 November 2013 at 2:23pm - Comments

The detention hearings are continuing, and so far everyone has been granted bail - apart from Colin Russell, the ship's radio operator. It's inconsistent and unfair, but as you can see from this video filmed yesterday in court, Colin still looks strong and his words are beautiful.

Ten reasons why Shell are complicit in the detention of the Arctic 30

Posted by efreeman — 12 November 2013 at 4:48pm - Comments
Shell and Gazprom - partners in Arctic drilling?
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In a recent press statement Shell said they had "zero-point-zero percent to do with the situation in Russia." Here are ten reasons why they are 100% involved in the detention of peaceful protestors.

Arctic 30: Your questions answered

Posted by efreeman — 12 November 2013 at 1:34pm - Comments
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As the Arctic 30 reach day 55 of their detention, pressure grows around the world for their release. Messages of support have flooded in via social media, email and snail mail. However, along with them a few questions: what is David Cameron doing? Should I lobby my MP? Why on earth are you targeting Shell? We’ve taken a sample of your questions and provided some answers.

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