Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Greenpeace in the gulag: activists face Russian court

After capturing a Greenpeace vessel in the Arctic, Russian authorities are detaining 30 activists, including at least one Canadian, while they conduct a piracy investigation

1 of 9

Greenpeace activist from Canada Paul Ruzycki looks out from a defendant's box at the Leninsky District Court Of Murmansk, September 26, 2013, in this handout provided by Greenpeace. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the activists had violated international law but signalled they should not face charges of piracy. Russian authorities seized the activists' ship, the Arctic Sunrise, and towed it to shore after two of the activists tried to scale the rig to protest against Russian plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, which they say poses a threat to the fragile eco-system.

HANDOUT/REUTERS

2 of 9

Greenpeace International deckhand Francesco Pisanu from France looks out from a defendant's box at the Leninsky District Court Of Murmansk, September 26, 2013, in this handout provided by Greenpeace.

HANDOUT/REUTERS

3 of 9

Greenpeace International boat mechanic Jonathon Beauchamp from New Zealand looks out from a defendants' box at the Leninsky District Court Of Murmansk, September 26, 2013, in this handout provided by Greenpeace.

HANDOUT/REUTERS

4 of 9

Greenpeace International campaigner Dima Litvinov, from Sweden, is escorted at the Leninsky District Court Of Murmansk, September 26, 2013, in this handout provided by Greenpeace.

Igor Podgorny/REUTERS

Story continues below advertisement

5 of 9

Greenpeace International activist Anne Mie Roer Jensen, from Denmark, is escorted at the Leninsky District Court Of Murmansk, September 26, 2013, in this handout provided by Greenpeace.

HANDOUT/REUTERS

6 of 9

Police officers guard a cage with Greenpeace activist Pisanu Francesco Pierre of France in a court room in Murmansk, Russia, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. A Russian court on Thursday jailed a photographer and two Greenpeace activists who were part of the 30-member Greenpeace team protesting near an oil platform in the Arctic last week. The Coast Guard disrupted an attempt by Greenpeace activists on Sept. 18 to scale the Russian Arctic platform. Russian authorities seized Greenpeace's ship the next day and towed it with the 30 activists aboard to Murmansk. The activists are being investigated for piracy.

Efrem Lukatsky/AP

7 of 9

A police officer guards the U.S. captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, Peter Willcox, in a cage in a court room in Murmansk, Russia, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

Efrem Lukatsky/AP

8 of 9

Photographer Denis Sinyakov, top, smiles as he is escorted into a court room in Murmansk, Russia, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

Efrem Lukatsky/AP

9 of 9

A police officer removes the handcuffs from Greenpeace activist Roman Dolgov, right, in a court room in Murmansk, Russia, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Report an error
Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.