Greenpeace says Arctic Sunrise boat no longer impounded

The Russian Investigative Committee has lifted the restrictions from the Arctic Sunrise boat, the Greenpeace international environmental organization said.

The Russian Investigative Committee has lifted the restrictions from the Arctic Sunrise boat, the Greenpeace international environmental organization said.

"The Investigative Committee told Greenpeace lawyers today in the morning that it lifted the restrictions from impounded the Arctic Sunrise vessel!" Greenpeace tweeted.

Greenpeace attorneys went to the boat in the Murmansk port and signed an acceptance report with a note that a technical inspection was not done, the environmental organization said. "Nevertheless, the Investigative Committee refuses to close the criminal case citing that testing of equipment seized earlier has not been completed yet. Our main task now is to assess the state of Arctic Sunrise and the extent of the damage inflicted to it starting from illegal detention," the statement said.

Interfax does not possess confirmation of the information on lifting the case from the vessel from other sources.

The Investigative Committee has extended until July 24 the investigative timeline in the case regarding Greenpeace rally at the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea.

It has been reported that the Arctic Sunrise, which sails under the Dutch flag, was detained in the Pechora Sea on September 19, 2013 following an attempt to stage a protest against oil extraction at the Prirazlomnaya platform.

On September 24 the vessel was escorted to the Murmansk port under a convoy of border guards. Later, upon a ruling by the Leninsky district court, the Arctic Sunrise vessel was placed under arrest. The boat is currently moored in a closed area of the Murmansk port.

In October 2013 Greenpeace submitted a request to the Investigative Committee asking that it allow its experts to assess the state of the boat but the request was denied. A St. Petersburg court has also denied environmental activists access to the vessel. The appeal hearing on the case is scheduled for June 18.

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