Thirty Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise activists arrested in Russia for an attempt to scale the Prirazlomnaya oilrig and charged with hooliganism will be transferred to detention facilities in St. Petersburg, the Russian Investigative Committee reported.
"Seeing that the counts are beyond jurisdiction of courts in the Murmansk region considering the criminal case's merits and the fact that the investigative body is located in St. Petersburg, it has been decided to transfer all the 30 defendants to detention facilities in St. Petersburg," a source from the Russian Investigative Committee press service told Interfax on Monday.
Meanwhile, a source familiar with the situation told Interfax that the 30 arrested members of the Arctic Sunrise crew were being transferred to St. Petersburg by rail.
"Reportedly, the defendants are being transferred to St. Petersburg by rail. Probably, they will arrive at the Ladozhsky terminal at 12:11 p.m. tomorrow," he said.
Greenpeace said earlier on Monday that the 30 activists detained during the Greenpeace action in the Pechora Sea had been moved from the 1st detention facility in Murmansk.
The facility's officer on duty neither confirmed nor denied the information. Interfax has not obtained an official comment from the regional department of the Federal Penitentiary Service.
The Arctic Sunrise vessel of the Greenpeace international nature conservancy organization was detained in the Pechora Sea on September 19 for an attempt to stage a protest against the drilling done by the Prirazlomnaya oil platform.
The coast guard escorted the Arctic Sunrise to Murmansk on September 24. It had a multinational crew of 30, including four Russians. All were arrested and charged with piracy.
Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on October 22 that the piracy counts had been changed to hooliganism.
Markin said in an online interview with Gazeta.ru on November 7 that some Arctic Sunrise crewmembers would also be charged with resisting arrest.
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