Russian detectives search Greenpeace ship - Investigative Committee

Detectives from the Russian Investigative Committee on Saturday searched Arctic Sunrise, the Greenpeace ship whose multinational 30-member crew were detained by Russian coast guards after some of its members tried to climb an oil platform in the Pechora Sea in protest at oil production in the Arctic, the Committee said.

Detectives from the Russian Investigative Committee on Saturday searched Arctic Sunrise, the Greenpeace ship whose multinational 30-member crew were detained by Russian coast guards after some of its members tried to climb an oil platform in the Pechora Sea in protest at oil production in the Arctic, the Committee said.

The search had been permitted by a court. The Arctic Sunrise captain and his lawyer were present at the search, the Committee told Interfax.

The detectives included "experienced criminologists," it said.

A Russian spokesperson for Greenpeace, Anna Smirnova, told Interfax "the search is illegal as there has been no decision to seize the vessel and there are no representatives" at the search of either the ship's owner or the embassies of the nations of the non-Russian crewmembers.

Greenpeace said on Twitter the detectives had seized all the documents from the pilot house.

Arctic Sunrise meanwhile remains anchored at the Murmansk port, where it has been brought by coast guards.

Twenty-two crewmembers have been charged and had their term of arrest extended by two months by a Murmansk court. The others also remain in custody and had their terms of detention extended though they have not been charged.

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