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."

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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.