Greenpirates! Russia charges Greenpeace with piracy

Russian authorities have charged five Greenpeace campaigners with piracy in Murmansk and are continuing to detain and investigate as many as 25 more.  If convicted they face 10-15 years in prison.

Greenpeace boarders surrounded by Russian  securityGreenpeace’s diesel powered ship Arctic Sunrise was seized and 30 campaigners arrested after attempting to board the Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Pechora Sea.  Details here.

The five are Roman Kieron Bryan, Dolgov, Dmitri Litvinov, Alminhana Maciel,  Ana Paula, Sini Saarela; Russian Roman Dolgov.  Bryan claims to be a “freelance” videographer, rather than a campaigner.

The 30 people aboard Arctic Sunrise hail from a variety of nations including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ukraine, Russia, France, Italy, Turkey, Finland, Switzerland, Poland and Sweden.
Pirate flagThe piracy charges surprised many after Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his opinion that the Greenpeace campaigners are not pirates, although he held open the likelihood of other charges.
The incident at the Prirazlomnaya oil platform is by no means the first time that Greenpeace has raised the ire of a nation’s government. Most famously, in 1985 French special forces sunk the original Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand. However, in this case, Greenpeace workers were caught in the act of what, while may not hold up as piracy, does seem a clear violation on Russian and International law.
French sink rainbow warriorBloomberg contributor Leonid Bershidsky wrote that “Russia meets its match in Greenpeace,”  citing as examples France was forced to pay to Greenpeace after $8 million was awarded by an international tribunal for the sinking of the original Rainbow Warrior and the more recent acquittal of campaigners who scaled the chimney of the Kingsnorth coal power plant in the U.K. in an attempt to paint the prime minister’s name on it.
Bershidsky overlooks the simple fact that these proceedings took place within liberal democracies, something that the autocratic Russia is not.
The piracy charge seems too severe to CFACT and we think lesser charges should apply.  However, we can’t help but acknowledge the irony.  Greenpeace conducts ongoing campaigns for greater government control over individuals.  In Russia, they may get a taste of where that leads.
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Flashback: Watch CFACT change “Rainbow” to “Propaganda Warrior” and rechristen Arctic Sunrise, the ship now held in Russia, a “Ship of Lies.”

 

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  • geezer117

    I have no sympathy for these people at all. The consequences of the policies they advocate do great harm to ordinary people. Prison is justice.

    • Do you think 15 years for piracy would fit the crime?

      • geezer117

        Absolutely. Especially in light of how often they get off scott free for other of their crimes because the judges/juries agree with their extreme agenda. About time they pay a price. People are dying in energy poverty because they can no longer afford to heat their homes, and Greenpeace is part of that consequence.

        • Sugarsail1

          Hang them for eco-terrorism and televise it.

          • Maybe just symbolically hang them.

            • praos

              Yes, but on a real rope.

    • Well said!

  • catherine maneker

    Delightful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marilynne L. Mellander

    “international tribunal”??? Welcome to the NWO!

  • Not You

    Greenpeace long ago became more of a fund raising business to support their salaries, offices and lifestyle than an environmental advocate and their ‘branding’ has suffered. Now they must do more radical acts to get back into the public eye.
    Todays youth are more interested in getting the newest iPad and the electricity to run it than putting out the personal effort to ‘change the world’ but then so are most of the Greenpeace donors who send a check to feel good because they have done something to save the environment.

  • BobbyWong

    Are these the same people on the reality show? Gone too far if you ask me. What if you storm an oil rig and it blows up?

  • They campaign for control-based policies & systems – now they get to live in that ‘environment’ for a while. Some people have to learn the hard way.

  • Shadeburst

    An unwashed tribe of out of work circus performers and movie stuntmen.