... and an interesting little bit of commentary on Russia
and the Arctic Ocean. Seems like pretty straightforward reporting. First part of a CNN report from Friday:
A media officer with the border patrol in Murmansk said that none of the activists was under arrest and that the ship was being escorted to Murmansk, where crew members will be questioned about the possibility that they broke the law related to exclusive economic zones.
The Dutch have demanded that those aboard, including two Dutch nationals, be released immediately, said Friso Wijnen, a spokesman for consular affairs with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dutch officials were in contact with Russian Embassy staff in Holland
, and their own embassy staffers in Moscow were in contact with Russian officials, he said.
The other detainees are from Argentina
, the United States, Britain, New Zealand
, Switzerland, Poland
, the group said.
The ship was sailing under the Dutch flag, RIA Novosti said.
The state-run Russian news agency said that Moscow had announced it gave a note to the Dutch ambassador expressing concern about a protest Wednesday in which the activists scaled an oil
rig operated by a Gazprom subsidiary to call attention to its drilling plans.
"Gazprom is using out of date kit to drill in one of the most extreme environments on the planet," the group said in a tweet on September 17. "We can't let that happen."
Russian border guards fired warning shots at the environmentalists' ship and detained two activists -- Finnish and Swiss nationals -- but returned them during Thursday's standoff, RIA Novosti said.
No official comment from the guards was available, it added.
"The violators' actions were of an aggressive and provocative nature and had the appearance of extremist activity capable of causing human deaths and other grave consequences," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website, according to RIA Novosti.
Seizure of Greenpeace ship shows Moscow
If we can avoid a brawl here he would be interesting tolook at what it takes to establish piracy
doesn't there have to be an attempt to hijack or gain control of another vessel for that?
All things being fair and equal
Russia needs to :
Establish that the defendants were aware of this as an established Russian Economic Zone. When was this economic zone created and was, as is the case for U.S. Economic Zones, this zone marked on publicly available charts
Establish that the purpose of boarding the platform was to gain control of it rather than, for instance, send up usually 2 to 4 climbers to hang a banner and stay up there as long as they can before being pulled off so as to have an opportunity to bring the worlds attention to drilling practices in the Arctic Ocean. I think it could be established that this is GPs
typical methodology and I will have to research
it but I don't think they have ever tried to hijack or plunder any vessels.
It would seem that this event may have made some in the international political scene sit up and pay attention what Russia is up to politically and economically in the Arctic Ocean