Thirteen Greenpeace activists charged with hooliganism

Thirteen Greenpeace activists who took part in a protest at the Prirazlomnaya drilling platform on September 19 have been charged with hooliganism, Greenpeace spokeswoman Maria Favorskaya told Interfax.

Thirteen Greenpeace activists who took part in a protest at the Prirazlomnaya drilling platform on September 19 have been charged with hooliganism, Greenpeace spokeswoman Maria Favorskaya told Interfax.

"We have learned that 13 activists have been charged," she said.

The hooliganism charges have been brought against Ian Christopher Rogers, Frank Heweston and Kieron Bryan of Britain, Camila Speziale of Italy, Colin Russell of Australia, Hernan Miguel of Argentina, and Paul Alexandre and Jonathan Bauchamp of New Zealand.

The same charges have been brought against the captain of the Arctic Sunrise ship Peter Willcox of the United States, ship doctor Yekaterina Zaspe, cooks Ruslan Yakushev (Ukraine) and Gizem Akhan (Turkey), and Greenpeace press secretary Andrei Allahverdov.

The Arctic Sunrise was stopped in the Pechora Sea on September 19 after the crew attempted to stage a protest against oil extraction at the Prirazlomnaya drilling platform.

The Arctic Sunrise was towed to the port of Murmansk on September 24. The ship had an international crew of 30 members, among them four Russians. All of them were arrested and charged with piracy.

Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on October 22 that the piracy charges had been turned into "hooliganism".

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