Investigative Committee regards Greenpeace action as threat to Prirazlomnaya personnel

In the nearest future investigators from the Russian Investigative Committee plan to bring charges against the crewmembers of the Arctic Sunrise who are suspected of trying to climb onto the Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Pechora Sea.

In the nearest future investigators from the Russian Investigative Committee plan to bring charges against the crewmembers of the Arctic Sunrise who are suspected of trying to climb onto the Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Pechora Sea.

"The department of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Northwestern Federal District continues to investigate the attack on Prirazlomnaya oil platform," the press service of the committee says.

"A team of investigators and crime experts from the head office of the committee has been set up to investigate the criminal case. It is their objective to conduct a substantial number of investigative actions and judicial proceedings," a press officer said.

"These actions include interrogations of witnesses, work with suspects who should be charged in the nearest future in the presence of interpreters and lawyers, a large number of expert studies involving subject matter experts," the press officer said.

"At the moment investigators continue examining the Arctic Sunrise. Part of the equipment and documents in a foreign language have been seized by now," he said.

"The documents are now being translated. Later together with seized equipment they will be sent for an examination to identify the purposes for which they might be used," he said.

"In the absence of accounts of the suspects about the circumstances of the attack on the platform and their objectives the investigation is identifying these circumstances proceeding from the objective picture of the incident," the press officer said.

"And at the moment the picture looks as follows: a group of persons aboard the Arctic Sunrise carrying a large number of instruments the purpose of which has not been identified so far violated the 500-meter safety zone of Prirazlomnaya platform and approached it," he said.

"The investigation regards all these actions as a real threat to the safety of the personnel on the platform and the property there and also as an act of resistance to law enforcement officers," the representative said.

Describing the developments at Prirazlomnaya the Investigative Committee official noted that "warnings to sail to a safe distance were completely ignored."

"Later the suspects lowered several boats and using special equipment attempted to climb onto the platform. They also ignored the commands issued by representatives of the authorities to stop their illegal actions. Moreover, they tried to ram the boat carrying border guards," the official said.

The Investigative Committee is determined to identify the precise role played by each suspect in the offense.

"Such actions are punishable by law no matter the pretext on which they were conducted and the allegedly peaceful aims do not justify them in any way," the Investigative Committee concluded.

Earlier reports said that on September 19 a task force of the FSB border service stormed the Arctic Sunrise, a vessel of Greenpeace environmental movement, for attacking Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Pechora Sea.

On September 24 the ship was escorted to Murmansk. It had a crew of 30 people from 19 countries. Under a judgment of Leninsky district court of Murmansk all of them were placed in custody until November 24.

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