Greenpeace activists from Arctic Sunrise should be fined - human rights ombudsman

Russian human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin has called the actions taken by the Greenpeace activists aboard the vessel Arctic Sunrise exotic and said they should be fined.

"I think it would be good if they were fined properly for their exotic behavior. The most active of them should probably be barred from entering our country for some time. It would be very normal," Lukin said on a television program that aired to the Far East.

Lukin said he believes Greenpeace activists' actions are sometimes very "exotic" and "border on violations of the law and sometimes do violate the law."

"The investigators will determine if they violated the law or not," he said.

"Firstly, I would not have arrested all of them. The captain and the other people who knew about everything and were in charge could have been detained, but the rest of the crew could have just been asked to give their written undertaking not to leave [Russia] until their criminal role is clarified," he said.

According to earlier reports, the Arctic Sunrise carrying a crew of thirty people was seized by Russian border guards in the Pechora Sea. The environmentalists tried to protest oil extraction in the Arctic. A Murmansk court arrested 22 of the thirty crewmembers for two months. The other activists' detention has been extended.

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