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Russian authorities on Thursday completed pressing piracy charges against all 30 people detained aboard a Greenpeace icebreaker that was used in a protest where activists attempted to climb up a Gazprom oil rig in the Arctic.
“The defendants pleaded not guilty and are currently refusing to give relevant testimony,” Russia’s Investigative Committee said on its website. Fourteen of the detainees were charged Wednesday and 16 on Thursday. They face up to 15 years in prison.
I cannot find the claimed quote in English on the sledcom website. (Russia’s Investigative Committee)
Perhaps it takes a few days for translations to be done.
Greenpeace are reported as telling “at least five of the detainees formally charged with piracy”
Other news from the Russian outlet , may was well raise a smile, mentions Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.
Huh? Never heard of it, real word. Although I once owned an ancient car carrying the number and yes it did disturb some people, never understood myself, just a random number. Neat though if you roll the car, help arrives.
Also an item on clowns everywhere, young biker riding through a Moscow metro station. Darwin invented photographs and video.
Court order granted, ship searched.
Some details of court sentences, seems to amount to holding for most and more serious for a few.
Putin reported stating didn’t thing was piracy but illegal.
Greenpeace Activists Face 2 Months in Russian Jail Pending Charges
Seems things drag slowly in Russia, pending charges. Story.
Putin remarked it perhaps wasn’t piracy but seems to be keeping out of things.