New charges brought against Greenpeace activists in Murmansk - source

More charges are being brought against the Greenpeace activists arrested in the Pechora Sea, a source in the law enforcement agencies of the Murmansk region told Interfax on Monday.

More charges are being brought against the Greenpeace activists arrested in the Pechora Sea, a source in the law enforcement agencies of the Murmansk region told Interfax on Monday.

"The detainees are being taken from the detention facility to the building [of the Investigations Committee's Department for the Murmansk region] on Ulitsa Karla Libknekhta for new charges to be filed," the source said, adding that the process for filing new charges against the Greenpeace activists began on Friday.

The source said the detainees may be charged with crimes enshrined by various articles of the Russian Criminal Code, including piracy.

The Arctic Sunrise ship was detained in the Pechora Sea on September 19 for the attempt of Greenpeace activists to conduct a protest against oil drilling on the Prirazlomnaya platform. On September 24 it arrived at a port in Murmansk under the escort of border guards. There were 30 crewmembers and activists aboard, including four Russians. All were arrested and charged with piracy. Later the charges against them were changed to hooliganism.

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