Greenpeace In Russia – Welcome To The Gulag

The Russian Coastguard fires warning shots at the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise last Thursday.

The Russian Coastguard fires warning shots at the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise last Thursday.

The story of Greenpeace’s major miscalculation in boarding a Russian oil rig has dropped off the news in most western MSM outlets, however the story is still very much alive and kicking.

Greenpeace’s ship Arctic Sunrise is currently under tow by a Russian tugboat after the ship’s captain refused to steer the ship, and is due to dock in the northern Russian port of Murmansk sometime on Tuesday, after bad weather allegedly caused the tug to slow down.

The crew of the Arctic Sunrise is under arrest in the mess room of the ship and all 30 activists including 4 Russian nationals have been held incommunicado ever since they were arrested.

The future, or lack of future, for the Green activists appears to be in the hands of a little known organization called the Investigative Committee:

The Arctic Sunrise ship, which Russian security forces have controlled since storming the vessel in a dramatic helicopter operation on Thursday, is to arrive in the Russian Far Northern port of Murmansk on Tuesday, the group and officials said.

Thirty activists from the group, including four Russians, are on board the vessel. Russia’s powerful Investigative Committee said the crew may have committed piracy, which carries a prison term of up to 15 years in Russia.

The Investigative Committee is a relatively new organization that was created in 2011 to replace the previous Prosecutor General of Russia, sometimes referred to as the “Russian FBI”, the Investigative Committee is effectively under the direct control of former KGB Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Putin.

Piracy is the official line that the Russians are taking at this point, Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov has likened the activities of Greenpeace to those of the Somali pirates.

Many in Russia believe that this is piracy and piracy in the Somali style.

Meanwhile 40 Green and other Luddite NGOs have written to Vladimir Putin asking him to release the hippies and their ship.

More than 40 environmental groups have written to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him to release a Greenpeace icebreaker and its crew detained last week over protests at Gazprom’s offshore oil rig in the Arctic Ocean, the World Wildlife Fund said Monday.

That letter went straight into the trash, these Green activists need to wise and not misjudge the situation so badly, Russia under Putin is about as democratic as a wind turbine is a reliable source of electricity generation, oxymoron springs to mind.

The almost child like naiveté of the WWF shows how little these  ecomentalists understand Russia, the mirage of democracy that exists there and the almost complete lack of protest in Russian history, the one noticeable exception being the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

According to the WWF , the project was fiercely criticized by the leading Russian experts in oil and gas extraction in 2012. The Russian giant (Gazprom) has however failed to establish a dialogue with civil society, the WWF said.

Present day Russia sees rock bands like Pussy Riot sent to prison, stringent laws against homosexuals, this is not the sort of country that will welcome foreign Green activists, or come to that its own Green activists interrupting oil and gas exploration by the energy giant Gazprom.

Gazprom is an extension of Russian state policy, where the British empire would have once upon a time have sent a gunboat, Gazprom simply turns off the gas and oil taps if the Kremlin tells them to.

Without any doubt misinformation games are being played by the Russian authorities:

Russian authorities are threatening to bring criminal charges against activists aboard a seized Greenpeace vessel in the Pechora Sea to draw attention to the environmental risks of oil extraction in Arctic waters.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) said the Amsterdam-registered ship, “Arctic Sunrise,” was being towed to Murmansk but might not arrive until September 23.

It said there were 27 people aboard, including four Russian citizens. There are Canadians and Britons on board, as well.

There is a discrepancy about the number of activists that varies between 27 – 30 people, depending upon reports, this sort of thing was a standard USSR cold war tactic.

Greenpeace says Russian authorities “are holding 30 of our activists,” citing two activists who were arrested days earlier. (There has been no explanation for the discrepancy in figures.)

The regional unit of Russia’s Investigative Committee said it was considering bringing charges of piracy, which can carry a sentence of up to 15 years in jail.

Quite how this will end up is probably anyone’s guess, the Russians are holding all the aces in the deck, there are limitless options open to them.

Starting with Maritime Law and salvage, the Russians could claim the Arctic Sunrise was stricken and that by towing the ship they have the right to salvage, the amount of truth or legality to this is irrelevant when you are holding all the aces, possession is nine tenths of the law as the old saying goes.

The Russians could decided on a show trial for piracy, to discourage other Green activists from messing with Gazprom, given that there are both British and Canadian nationals on the Arctic Sunrise, the diplomatic silence from both countries is deafening.

Most probably, because it leads to the path of least resistance is that the Arctic Sunrise and foreign nationals will be held for a while and then released while the Russian activists will be given a show trial for piracy and sent to prison to send a loud and clear message to other Green activists.

One thing is however beyond all doubt, the Russians have now drawn a line in the Arctic and any Green activist that crosses it, is either monumentally stupid or is seeking to become a martyr for Gaia.

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About Tory Aardvark

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Posted on September 23, 2013, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Climate Control, Eco Pirate, Global Warming, Green Lies, IPCC and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Great article……….will Greenpeace ever grow up?

  2. Furor Teutonicus

    Na. At least the Russians have taken them prisoner, and show trial or otherwise, they MAY get the ship back.

    The French just wait for a convienient moment and sink them in harbour. :-)

  3. I didn’t realise that Russian Law advocated 15 years for Piracy. I thought the sentence was much longer.

  4. The Greenpiss activists have always thought that they were justified in breaking the laws. They consider themselves to be the environmental police, without any real authority. I do not feel sorry for them, and they may even learn something from this experience. Perhaps a sacrifice to mother Gaia is in order.

  5. Reblogged this on Mothers Against Wind Turbines and commented:
    We’ve got ourselves a home for greentards…..can we send over a few more boatloads?

  6. Greenpeace ARE opportunist same as the Somali pirates – only they well financed, by the Urban Sheep

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