17 Greenpeace activists charged with piracy

Piracy charges have been brought against 17 of 30 members of the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise crew.

Piracy charges have been brought against 17 of 30 members of the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise crew.

"Three more activists were charged with piracy today," Greenpeace Russia wrote on Twitter.

Photojournalist Sinyakov also indicted for piracy during Greenpeace stunt on Russian oilrig. "Denis Sinyakov has officially been accused of piracy," an environmentalist activist said on Twitter.

If found guilty of piracy committed by an organized group, Sinyakov and the other defendants may face up to 15 years' imprisonment.

The Russian Investigative Committee indicted 14 environmentalists in Murmansk on Wednesday.

The second group of activists, in all, 16 people, were taken to the Murmansk office of the Russian Investigative Committee on Thursday morning. Reportedly, piracy charges will be brought against each of them during the day.

The Arctic Sunrise, with a multinational crew of 30, was detained by Russian border guards after the environmentalists had tried to stage a protest at the Prirazlomnaya oilrig in the Pechora Sea.

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