Russia charges Greenpeace ratbags with piracy

Oh dear, it looks like the Russians aren’t as soft a touch as New Zealand in dealing with Greenpeace ratbags…they are charging 14 of the green taliban warriors with piracy. 

It looks like Greenpeace is set to join Sea Shepherd as pirates at large on the seas.

More than a dozen Greenpeace activists and a video journalist have been charged with piracy by Russian authorities after a protest at an Arctic oil rig.

The Federal Investigative Committee said authorities had begun charging the 30 people from 18 countries arrested after two Greenpeace activists tried to scale the Prirazlomnaya oil platform, which plays a crucial role in Russia’s effort to mine Arctic resources. 

By evening, 14 people had been charged with piracy, Greenpeace said, including activists and icebreaking ship crew from Argentina, Britain, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, as well as a dual US-Swedish citizen and a British videographer who documented the protest.

New Zealanders, Jonathon Beauchamp and electrician David Haussman, were also among those on board the Artic Sunrise during the protest.

As yet, the pair have not been charged but remain in custody pending further investigation.

Greenpeace said the piracy charge, which carries a jail term of up to 15 years, was absurd.

“It is an extreme and disproportionate charge,” said Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo.

Disproportionate? I think these gren taliban warriors are about to find out that th Russian’s don;t give a tinkers’s cuss about public opinion or silly campaigns…they will slam these ratbags hard they will be digging salt out of mines before the years end.

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