Two Greenpeace activists released in the Arctic

Russian border guards have released two Greenpeace activists - a Swiss citizen and a woman from Finland, who were detained on September 18 while attempting to board Russia's Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Pechora Sea to stop it from drilling.

"Both Greenpeace International activists detained during the action near Prirazlomnaya are currently on board the vessel Arctic Sunrise together with the other crewmembers and activists," the Greenpeace office in Russia said on Thursday evening.

Environmentalists claim that 15 Russian border guards stormed the Arctic Sunrise by abseiling from a helicopter. The two Greenpeace activists were placed on board the Russian Coast Guard ship Ladoga after they were detained on Wednesday.

The Greenpeace vessel, Arctic Sunrise, will be towed to Murmansk, and the Russian Investigative Committee will make a procedural decision with regard to it, a spokesman for the Russian Federal Security Service told Interfax.

"Pursuant to Russian laws it has been decided to tow the vessel to the port of Murmansk for further procedures. Materials are being prepared for submission to the northwestern investigative department of the Russian Investigative Committee, which will make a procedural decision," says the Federal Security Service's Public Relations Center report obtained by Interfax on Friday

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