Environmentalists said the Federal Security Service has still not brought any official charges against the crew of the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, which was detained in the Pechora Sea.
"The Federal Security Service has still not brought any official charges against the Greenpeace activists and have not given the reasons for their detention," the Russian office of Greenpeace said in a report obtained by Interfax on Saturday.
The environmentalists said independent experts and lawyers for Greenpeace have come to the conclusion that the border guards' actions on the vessel Arctic Sunrise are "illegal, ungrounded, inexpedient, and contract both general and special norms and principles of international law."
On September 19, border guards stormed the Greenpeace vessel after the environmentalists tried to hold a protest against oil extraction on the oil rig Prirazlomnaya in the Pechora Sea.
Greenpeace said armed Russian border guards had boarded the Greenpeace vessel illegally and the Arctic Sunrise had not entered the security zone around the oil rig.
The environmentalists also denied the accusations of illegal research activities and piracy.
"The Greenpeace vessel and its crew, being in an exclusive economic zone, did not conduct any fundamental or applied research or experimental work. The border guard service did not find any facts of use of scientific equipment. Its presence on the vessel in itself is not a violation of the federal law On the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Russian Federation," Greenpeace said.
The Russian authorities earlier called the actions taken by the Greenpeace vessel's crew a deliberate provocation. The border guards said the Arctic Sunrise would be convoyed to the Murmansk port and the materials on the environmentalists will be provided to the Investigations Committee.
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