Two Greenpeace activists were detained by the Russian Coast Guard in the Pechora Sea on Wednesday while trying to get on the oil rig Prirazlomnaya, the Greenpeace office in Russia told Interfax.
"Two other activists were able to get onto Prirazlomnaya. They are demanding the abolition of environmentally dangerous and economically unfeasible plans to drill in the Arctic," the environmentalists said.
Five boats were put afloat from the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise in the Pechora Sea at 04:30 a.m. Moscow time, one of which was seized by Russia, the environmentalists said.
"Two Greenpeace International mountain climbers were able to get on the oil rig. They intend to stay there for as long as they can," the environmentalists said.
"The Greenpeace icebreaker is anchored nearby and is conducting negotiations with the Coast Guard. The Russian Coast Guard has put boats afloat to arrest the Greenpeace activists and intend to board the Arctic Sunrise to inspect it," they said.
In late August, the Greenpeace icebreaker was stopped by Russian border guards on the Northern Sea Route, where environmentalists intended to hold protest actions against geological exploration in the regions of the Arctic where oil extraction is planned.
The Russian authorities said the environmentalists had no permission to use the Northern Sea Route. The Russian Foreign Ministry then said the organizers of the expedition had breached Russian legislation and deliberately provoked the Russian authorities.
The administration of the Northern Sea Route denied the environmentalists' vessel the right to navigate in the Arctic for not having provided technical information on the vessel, the Russian Transport Ministry press service told Interfax in August.
Greenpeace says it does not believe in the possibility of oil extraction in the Arctic without environmental risks.
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