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Families Call for Answers as Greenpeace's Arctic 30 Remain Locked Up in Russian Jail

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The families of 30 Greenpeace activists accused of piracy are calling for answers as their loved ones remain locked in a Russian prison.

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Frances Darcy (231)
Monday October 7, 2013, 4:28 am
noted... I think that governments could do more for these people.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:35 am
Maybe I can help, they tried to commandeer the platform and were arrested. The fact that they were repelled does not mean they get to go free, it just means they were doubly unlucky. As foreigners, they should not expect to be left off easily as they have just entered the world of politics. Did I miss anything?

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:39 am
That's what I heard too John; that they had boarded the platform which is trespassing and reckless endangerment of life for those working on it - hence the piracy charge.
I'm not a fan of the oil companies as I think they are negligent and prevaricators of the first water. However I don't believe in endangering the lives of the workers either. Green Peace effed up on this one.

Winn Adams (218)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:33 am

lee e. (114)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:49 am
I would hope that our government and Russia will grant them leniency - but they made a dreadful mistake boarding the platform -IMO

VĂ©ronique L. (209)
Monday October 7, 2013, 10:13 am
Thanks for sharing that Cal, noted

Diane B. (30)
Monday October 7, 2013, 10:37 am
The group was seized during a skirmish with armed Russian security officers after several activists tried to board the Prirazlomnaya platform, Russia's first offshore oil rig in the Arctic.
They should be charged with trespassing and reckless endangerment. What they did was stupid.
Were they actually hoping to overtake and command? If so, then that is possible piracy. If a group overcomes and takes command of a ship, isn't that piracy?
Did they not bother to check into the repercussions of their actions?
Greenpeace, although their "heart" is in the right place some times, needs to employ smarter people.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 10:38 am
signed via email from Greenpeace

Past Member (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 11:05 am
I too think governments can do more talking with Russia over these people The good thing that came out of it is that it has brought the worlds attention to Russia drilling in the arctic

Pogle S. (88)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:03 pm
They are wrong and they know it! Sod humanity oligarchy is the slippery slope to dominance...but only if you are slicker than a slippery bastard!

Mari 's (1354)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:09 pm
What are the Ambassadors NOT doing!?!? This is crazy now... LET THE HEROES GO!! I am outraged over this! Russia should be the ones facing charges as they ignore climate change. Russia should be charged with crimes against humanity!

Pogle S. (88)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:14 pm
In fact, if anyone believes that we should be despoiling the Arctic or the Antarctic for the greed of oil, then they ought to end their lives now! That's not what you are here for. Wake up!

Bruno Moreira (61)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:29 pm
noted thanks

Marija Mohoric (46)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:32 pm
noted, thank you

Cathe Franklin-Romano (52)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:48 pm
While I agree that the governments involved should be more proactive with their dealings with Russia. This does not excuse the irrational behavior of Greenpeace on this occasion.
They not only trespassed, but also put the workers of the Prirazlomnaya oil drilling platform in reckless endangerment. It seems to me, that with a bit more planning they could have accomplished their goal without being arrested and imprisoned.
As all Care2 members know, activism is a powerful tool, for or against issues that matter to them, and, as such, should be used wisely, not carelessly.
I support Greenpeace's cause regarding drilling for oil in the Artic, but not the way they choose to draw attention to it.
In this instance Greenpeace crossed the line by endangering the lives of others, as well as themselves. They should never have boarded the Prirazlomnaya oil drilling platform. They had been warned, and chose to ignore it, at their own detriment, and, the pain and suffering that now lies with their families and friends.

Sandra O'Donovan (41)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:49 pm
These activists should be released as of Yesterday.... What is going on with Russia? Keeping them captive is only cause more negative impact for the country!

Malgorzata Zmuda (185)
Monday October 7, 2013, 1:07 pm
Mam nadzieję, że szybko zostaną uwolnieni.

Elizabeth M. (68)
Monday October 7, 2013, 1:26 pm
These activists are just that - activists. At the time, before the Russians started shooting and boarding Greenpeace, these activists were not as prepared as they should have been, and made a huge mistake in boarding the drilling platform. But the lengthy time in prison is unwarranted and now the Russians are saying they will be charged with 15 years. This is just ridiculous, and I feel each and everyone of these activists's countries should be involved in dealing to have them set free. Yes I agree that some of the things they do are actually going too far, but they have done a lot of good.
People get ready, Russia Oil Company is joined with Shell Oil to drill in the Arctic. Another fight on our hands!!

Kathleen R. (138)
Monday October 7, 2013, 1:54 pm
noted & read

S S. (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:02 pm
Thank you.

john byrne (53)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:18 pm

Ironic that Russia is so concerned with workers health & safety Putin denied assistance to at least one sub & drowned the whole crew, short memories people.

Sandi C. (233)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:37 pm

Esther Z. (96)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:46 pm
The governments need to step in to broker their release, and they should mention how the Olympics might be affected.

Gabriela Baldaia (104)
Monday October 7, 2013, 3:00 pm
Noted, Thank you, Cal..

Birgit W. (155)
Monday October 7, 2013, 3:35 pm
Old Russia has not changed much. They can be thankful if they are not being sent to Sibiria. Boycott the Olympics! All Greenpeace members are heroes for me, and I want to thank them very much.

S J. (128)
Monday October 7, 2013, 5:22 pm
Russia became much crazier than ever. Noted hanks Cal

Jason S. (50)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:20 pm
Good posting, thanks

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday October 7, 2013, 11:51 pm
noted, thanks for sharing

Ganaisha Calvin (7)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:55 am
thanks for sharing

Inge Bjorkman (175)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 1:54 am
For me, Greenpeace Activists are heroes and brave in their actions, they are working for the world's continued existence and we who sit at home on the couch should support them in their campaign. Up to Fight.


A F. (129)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 2:22 am
Noted, thanks!

Jaime Alves (46)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 3:57 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 6:26 am
I agree with everyone who supports Greenpeace and their activists. Let's not forget the bigger picture- they are drilling for oil in the Arctic during the winter season-we've discussed many times on Care2 how that can only lead to a disastrous oil spill in what is one of the few pristine areas left on the planet. We also don't need to go to such lengths to drill for more oil-which we will burn and increase global warming further. I can't support any fascist actions of a government that wants to arrest it's own citizens for being gay either. How did Greenpeace's actions "endanger the lives of the workers on the drilling platform", as some writers here have said? I'd say being on that rig, in that location, at this season, is what's risky... Apparently the Russian govt. is controlled by the corporations and their interests, just like here in the U.S. and just about everywhere else around the globe.

kate K. (479)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 10:56 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 11:27 am
These wonderful people have risked their lives to save the Arctic and Earth, they deserve awards of heroism, not jail time.

Malgorzata Zmuda (185)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 11:59 am
powinni zostać jak najszybciej uwolnieni

Jane H. (139)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:03 pm
noted---this is a real crying shame

Shaheen N. (64)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:15 pm
Noted, thanks Cal

Sheila D. (26)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:34 pm
It doesn't sound as if Mr. Putin is providing any answers. Even if the Russians didn't know who was boarding their platform in "the Greenpeace guise", they certainly know now, and the Greenpeace activists should be released. Thanks for the article. Cal.

Tom Tree (236)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 5:55 am
Morally reprehensible, despicable
When will this MADNESS END !?
Noted & Shared !!

Georgeta Trandafir (32)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 7:13 am

Karen Kersten-Chestney (112)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 4:48 am
Thanks for this up date. My heart goes out to these people. They are really in deep trouble. You just never know what Putin will do..... i'm hope world wide opinion will force him to just let them go.
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