The Leninsky District Court of Murmansk is preparing its next move after appeals have been filed contesting the court's decision to remand all 30 Greenpeace activists detained onboard the vessel Arctic Sunrise into custody, court spokesperson Irina Berezina told Interfax.
"Appeals on all of the 30 rulings have been received. The lawyers are currently studying records from the court sessions," she said.
The process of forwarding the documents to a higher court - the Murmansk Regional Court - will begin on Friday, after which dates for appeal hearings will be set, Berezina said.
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 vessel that was carrying the 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.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for stricter punishment for unauthorized attempts to enter the premises of energy facilities. Oil and gas industry installations are high-risk facilities, and unauthorized access to them is dangerous, even if it just means cutting holes in pipelines in order to steal oil or gas, he argued. Read more>>>
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