First two Greenpeace activists charged with sea piracy - lawyer

The first two members of the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise crew were indicted in Murmansk on Wednesday, Greenpeace Russia lawyer Mikhail Kreindlin told Interfax.

The first two members of the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise crew were indicted in Murmansk on Wednesday, Greenpeace Russia lawyer Mikhail Kreindlin told Interfax.

"Two of our activists have been charged with perpetrating sea piracy within an organized group. They are citizens of Brazil and the United Kingdom," he said.

"We think the accusations are absolutely unsubstantiated, unfounded and unlawful. Our activists did not have any intention of seizing anyone's property. There was not an instance of crime either," Kreindlin said.

The Greenpeace press service said the accusations had been brought against a freelance cameraman from the UK and a female activist from Brazil.

Greenpeace insists that the activists were staging a peaceful protest against oil projects in the Arctic.

It has been reported that on September 19 a special unit of the Russian FSB border service stormed the Arctic Sunrise due to an attempt to hold a protest rally against oil drilling at the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea. The boat of environmental activists was towed to Murmansk on September 24.

The Arctic Sunrise had a multinational crew of 30 people from 19 countries onboard. All those onboard were placed under arrest until November 24 upon the ruling of Murmansk's Leninsky District Court.

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