BREAKING ….. “The Artic 30” …. granted amnesty!!


BREAKING: Russian parliament officially adopts Amnesty bill in 3rd reading. This means the #Arctic30 are granted amnesty.We’re relieved, but we’re not celebrating. The Arctic 30 spent two months in jail for a crime they didn’t commit. The charges should never have been brought in the first place.They may soon be truly free, but there’s no amnesty for the Arctic. They may soon be home, but the … Arctic remains a fragile global treasure under assault by oil companies and the rising temperatures they’re driving.

Right now our thoughts are with our Russian colleagues.

HOWEVER …… If they accept this amnesty they will have criminal records in the country where they live, and all for something they didn’t do.

Amsterdam, 18 December 2013 – The Greenpeace activists who spent two months in jail after a peaceful protest in the Arctic have expressed relief after the Russian parliament voted to grant them amnesty. But they also declared: “There is no amnesty for the Arctic.”

The Duma today voted for an amendment that extends an amnesty decree to defendants who have been charged with hooliganism. It therefore includes the Arctic 30 – the 28 activists and two freelance journalists who were arrested following a peaceful protest at a Gazprom-operated Arctic oil platform three months ago today. There will be a final vote at 4pm Moscow time, but the only way the Arctic 30 would be removed from the amnesty is if the entire bill is rejected – an outcome regarded as extremely unlikely.

The legal proceedings against the Arctic 30 are now almost certain to come to an end and the 26 non-Russians will be free to return home to their families as soon as they are given exit visas by the Russian authorities.


There will be a final vote at 4pm Moscow time, but the only way the Arctic 30 would be removed from the amnesty is if the entire bill is rejected – an outcome regarded as extremely unlikely.

Assuming the decree is passed at third reading later today, it is unclear when the non-Russians amongst the Arctic 30 will be able to leave the country. At present they do not have the correct stamps in their passports, having been brought to Russia by commandos after being illegally seized in international waters. By accepting the amnesty they will not be admitting guilt, but the legal proceedings against them will come to an end.

The fate of the Arctic Sunrise, currently impounded in Murmansk, remains uncertain, despite the order of an international court that it be released following a case brought by the Dutch government.




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Stand with the Arctic 30


Published on Oct 3, 2013

On 19 September, 28 Greenpeace International activists, a freelance photographer and a freelance videographer were arrested under armed guard off the Russian coast after a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling.
On 2 and 3 October, all 30 of them were formally charged with piracy and if convicted, they could face up to 15 years in a Russian prison.

This Saturday 5 October, thousands of people across the world will join a global day of solidarity for the Arctic 30. Will you join them? Our brave friends took a stand to protect the Arctic and our climate. Now they need you to take a stand for them and for our planet:

Russia May Free Arctic 30 And Pussy Riot


Published on Dec 18, 2013

Russia May Free Arctic 30 And Pussy Riot
Amnesty bill could come into effect as early as Thursday and should also see several anti-Vladimir Putin protesters freed.

Russian MP’s have approved a Kremlin-backed bill that could see the Arctic 30 Greenpeace activists and jailed members of Pussy Riot going home.

The State Duma voted 446-0 in favour of the Kremlin-backed bill.

It will allow investigators to drop charges against the 30 members of Greenpeace’s ship detained in Russia’s Arctic in September.

The Arctic 30, who include six Britons, were arrested after Russian authorities boarded their vessel Arctic Sunrise following attempts by some of the activists to board an offshore oil platform.


They have been on bail but the 26 non-Russians among them were not allowed to go home.

Greenpeace said a last-minute amendment to the amnesty meant Russia would almost certainly end legal proceedings against 30 people who faced jail terms of up to seven years if convicted over the protest.

Lawyers said the amnesty, which could come into force this week, would lead to the early release of Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina.



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