Train with arrested Greenpeace activists has arrived in St. Petersburg

A train from Murmansk with 30 arrested Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise activists onboard has arrived at Ladozhsky terminal in Saint-Petersburg, an Interfax correspondent reports.

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.

The Russian Investigative Committee's department in the Northwestern Federal District opened a criminal case under Part 3, Article 227 of the Russian Criminal Code (an act of maritime piracy committed by an organized group). Hooliganism charges were brought later on. Each of the 30 Greenpeace activists was placed under arrest. They were transferred from the Murmansk detention facility to St. Petersburg by train on Monday.

An examination of the ship anchored in the Kola Bay began on September 28. The Russian Investigative Committee said that the Murmansk Leninsky District Court issued the search warrant. The ship was searched in the presence of captain Peter Henry Willcox and his lawyer. The detectives reportedly found drugs and equipment,"which might have had some use other than environmental."

The ship was impounded by investigators. It is now anchored in the Murmansk port.

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