Greenpeace activists reportedly arrested over demo near Gazprom office

Ten activists from international environmental organization Greenpeace were arrested on Wednesday after a demonstration outside the Moscow office of Gazprom against oil and gas projects in the Arctic, Greenpeace's Russian office said.

"Ten activists have been detained, four of them foreigners. They are young women from Germany, Hungary and Austria and a young man from Poland. They are charged under Part 2 of Article 20 of the Code on Administrative Offenses, violation of the rules on [public] events," the spokeswoman for the office, Oksana Karavaiko, told Interfax.

She said the detainees were currently at a police station and that there was a lawyer with them.

The protesters were dressed as polar bears during the demonstration, calling the event "Arctic Nature Reserve" and putting up an imitation oil rig on the site.

On August 3, the international executive director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to declare the Arctic an international nature reserve and to order scrapping oil and gas projects in the region.

Naidoo invited Putin on board Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace ship that is currently leaving the Russian economic zone north of the Kola Peninsula and is due to reach the edge of the North Pole ice soon.

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