Activists 'treated inhumanely'

Greenpeace activists being held in a Russian jail are suffering "inhuman treatment" says a lawyer for one of the British suspects. 30 people were charged with piracy after they approached an Arctic oil rig on a ship to protest against drilling.

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Greenpeace says it has 'strict policies against drugs'

Greenpeace says it has "strict policies against recreational drugs" on its ships, and that any suggestion that narcotics were found on board the vessel is a "fabrication".


Greenpeace: 'Russia drugs claim is a smear'

We can only assume the Russian authorities are referring to the medical supplies that our ships are obliged to carry under maritime law.

The ship was first searched by Russian officers weeks ago, they scoured every corner of it, so we assume this announcement is designed to deflect attention from the growing global outrage over the continued imprisonment of the detainees.

Any claim that illegal drugs were found is a smear, it’s a fabrication, pure and simple.

– Greenpeace statement

Greenpeace activists 'undergoing inhuman treatment'

Greenpeace activists charged with piracy in Russia over a protest against Arctic oil drilling are undergoing ''inhuman treatment", a lawyer has said.

In his first UK interview, lawyer Sergei Golubok, who represents British detainee Anthony Perrett, said the activists were being kept in terrible conditions at pre-trial detention centres.


Lawyer: Welsh Greenpeace activist 'in very good spirits'

A Welsh Greenpeace activist charged with piracy in Russia is "in very good spirits" despite poor conditions at the pre-trial detention centre where he is being held, his lawyer told ITV News.

Greenpeace activist Anthony Perrett pictured in court. Credit: Lev Fedoseyev/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images

In his first UK interview, Sergei Golubok said he met Anthony Perrett last week and said he was "very understanding of what is going on".

Court rejects bail appeal over Greenpeace activists

The Regional Court of Murmansk, Russia has rejected an application made by lawyers for two Greenpeace International activists and a freelance photographer to be released on bail.

A further 27 cases requesting bail will be heard later this week.

Freelance videographer Kieron Bryan. Credit: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace/PA Wire

Some 28 Greenpeace International activists, a freelance photographer and a freelance videographer were seized by Russian special forces on the ship Arctic Sunrise in international waters 19 days ago.

Their arrests followed a protest at the Gazprom Arctic oil platform Prirazlomnaya.

Albarn: Greenpeace oil rig demo 'not a political issue'

Musician Damon Albarn has said charges of piracy made against 30 Greenpeace activists in Russia is "ridiculous", as he joined hundreds at a central London vigil outside the embassy.

Damon Albarn attending a protest outside the Russian Embassy, London, organised by Greenpeace. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

"It does seem to be a slightly different idea in Russia's collective head about what activism actually represents", Albarn said.

"They need to understand that these people are not a threat. This is something that is very human. It is not a political issue."

Jude Law: Piracy charges against activists 'ludicrous'

Actor Jude Law has said he is "exercising" his right to "peacefully protest" as he joined 800 people at a vigil condemning charges of piracy against 30 Greenpeace activists in Russia.

Law, whose children went to school with detainee Frank Hewetson, said:

What is ludicrous is that they have been charged with piracy which has a threat of 15 years in prison.

Of course I am worried about Frank because I care about his family and I care about him but I know that he is incredibly durable.

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