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Trapped in a Russian Jail

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Ana Paula is a 31-year old from Brazil who wanted to peacefully protest Russia's plans to drill the Arctic. Now she, along with her 29 crewmates from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, is locked in a Russian jail with no release in sight.

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C N. (24)
Friday October 18, 2013, 8:54 pm
Please visit AVAAZ petition site at the link to sign your support for the release of the Arctic 30...almost 717,000 signatures now. If you feel really brave, you can add your photo and a message of support to let the Russians know that we want them to free the Greenpeace activists who were peacefully protesting oil exploration of the Arctic. I did - I want them to know that I want them to care as much as I do about nature and our planet.

Erin R. (172)
Friday October 18, 2013, 9:07 pm
n & s

Sue H. (7)
Friday October 18, 2013, 10:42 pm
Noted and signed, thanks.

Frances Darcy (224)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 1:10 am
already done

. (0)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:08 am

Veerle D. (107)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:25 am
signed and noted. Thank you, Col!

Ljiljana Milic (108)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:47 am
> 742,128 have signed. Let's get to 750,000
Signed & Thank you Col

Doris G. (76)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 4:46 am
signed :)

Pam B. (17)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 5:33 am
noted and signed, thanks Col.

Apolonia Pl (399)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 7:12 am
There's also Care2 petition for G. activists:
Please sign and share, because there are only 565 signatures!

Apolonia Pl (399)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 7:16 am
The Guardian, Friday 18 October 2013: "This is an edited extract of a letter sent home last week by Alexandra Harris, one of the six Britons held on piracy charges in Russia following a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.

Sunday 13th October,

Dear Mum, Dad and Georgie,

It's very cold now. It snowed last night. The blizzard blew my very poorly insulated window open and I had to sleep wearing my hat. I'm nervous about spending winter here. I have a radiator in my cell but it's the Arctic breeze that makes the place very cold. I heard that from December Murmansk is dark for six weeks. God, I hope I'm out by then.

Not much happens on the weekends in prison. It's definitely the worst two days of the week. At least during the week I see my lawyer and hear of news. On Thursday I finally saw a few of the letters people have sent me. It was so nice I cried. There was one from you in there. Georgie's made me laugh as she signed off with, "Chin up". Ha ha! I am in prison but I will try to keep my chin up.

Sundays also mean it's revolting meatball night! Yuk! The girls laughed that I knew the food schedule already. But we got a shower today so that's good. The shower is like a waterfall. It's nice.

I should be going to court next week for my appeal, which is pointless because they have already been rejected. But anything to get out of my cell for the day! And if I'm lucky, I may see some of the others.

I'm worried about what's going to happen. I have moments of feeling panicky, but then I try to tell myself that there's nothing I can do from in here and what will be will be so it's pointless worrying. But it's hard. Surely my future isn't rotting in prison in Murmansk?! Well, I really hope it isn't. "

Stardust Noel (51)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 8:25 am
Signed & passed to all my groups.

Natasha Salgado (563)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 9:57 am
S+S-thx Col

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 10:04 am
petition signed

C N. (24)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 9:19 pm
803,276 signatures - please, if you see send it to your friends. I really think the 30 Greenpeace activists need some desperate help. Russia seems determined to send them to jail for a long time (under trumped up piracy laws). These 30 people were only trying to protest our last wilderness areas from being developed for yet more oil. I don't think they deserve 15 years in jail...and most of them are very scared!

Elizabeth O. (88)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 11:44 pm

Marija Mohoric (44)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 3:42 am

Apolonia Pl (399)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 3:48 am

There's also Care2 petition for G. activists:
Please sign and share, because there are only 567 signatures!

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:18 am
If she wanted a peaceful protest she shouldn't have gotten involved with Greenpeace.

Bee S. (226)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:54 am
signed; Thank you Col

C N. (24)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:57 am
Yes - I'm sure you are right John - Greenpeace always push the limits (often testing legality), but she and the other activists don't deserve 15 years in the gulag... I'm sure she and the other activists will think things again once they are released. We shouldn't slap down those on our planet who are brave enough to stand up to environmental bullies.

Pogle S. (88)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 6:25 am
Noted, signed, emailed friends & posted to face book, Got my picture up too!

822,263 have signed. Let's get to 1,000,000

ewoud k. (73)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 6:36 am
Done, thanks for posting!

Emma S. (227)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 6:38 am
Done! Thanks, Col.

Apolonia's petition also signed:

Mari 's (1364)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 6:51 am
S&N this is horrible that nothing been done already. What are the Ambassadors not doing???

Pogle S. (88)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 7:38 am
Here's a link to the Greenpeace action that has so far generated in excess of 1,587,383 emails to Russian Ambassadors worldwide. If you haven't already done so please post one of these off to your local Russian Ambassador.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 7:38 am
already signed, thanks

Pogle S. (88)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 7:40 am
I don't agree with John S!

Chrissie H. (22)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 9:20 am
Noted and signed. Thank you for sharing .

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (53)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 11:51 am

Birgit W. (151)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:29 pm
Signed, thanks Col.

Lona Goudswaard (72)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:40 pm
S&N. The captain and another female protester are Dutch and the Dutch government seems absolutely powerless to do anything, not even get them out with bail while they await trial.They are still looking for things to charge them with and the whole trial is going to be another one of Putin's puppet shows.

Sheila D. (26)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:21 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Col.

Apolonia Pl (399)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:22 pm
Tomorrow next part of Putin's puppet show for Greenpeace activists: trial for Tomasz DZIEMIANCZUK, ecologist from Gdansk University in Poland. Keep prayers and fingers, because all 30 activists are in real danger. They can be sentenced for 15 years of prison!

Marc P. (37)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:25 pm
I respect that the author wants to help these prisoners in Russia. What bothers me is that while so many people are expending money, time, and energy regarding Russian and other Foreign prisons we are completely silent about the treatment and legal standing of our prisons in the U.S. U.S. prisoners are routinely tortured and abused. Especially children in prison. Prisons are allowed to act in complete secrecy with little or no scrutiny from outsiders. U.S. sentences are far longer than just about anywhere in the world and we have more inmates than the rest of the world combined. How about we address that?

Roger Garin-michaud (105)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:26 pm
signed and noted, thanks

Lois Jordan (56)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:18 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Cal.

Lois Jordan (56)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:18 pm
*sorry, meant to type "Thanks, Col."

Sharon Davidson (349)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:28 pm
read signed and passed on

norma laborie (32)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:38 pm
Freedom for GREENPEACE! signed

Phil P. (93)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:15 pm
Signed. Russia is the worst of the worst outlaw states. Talk about an Axis of Evil, Russia is the leader.

Debra G. (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:48 pm
Pootie-poot is stretching world tolerance. And let's not forget Pussy Riot members in jail there, too.

Jim Phillips (3203)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 7:57 pm
AVAAZ petition already signed.

Ty, Col.

Robyn Brice (4)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 8:27 pm
Signed and shared.

Inge Bjorkman (144)
Monday October 21, 2013, 12:03 am
Signed again


C N. (24)
Monday October 21, 2013, 5:21 am
Thanks everyone... your extra signatures are so appreciated. I just looked at the petition again
882,000 - that's 165,000 signatures since yesterday - AVAAZ is a world wide petition site funded by its own members and it really knows how to get the word out.

I tried to send you all a star, but I've got a really slow internet that seems to stall every few seconds, so I'm really sorry if I missed you. You all deserve bunches of them for standing up for what's right.
Many thanks.

Carmen S. (613)
Monday October 21, 2013, 6:50 pm
Thanks Col.

Monday October 21, 2013, 7:24 pm
Signed, Thanks Col.

Ondine J. (137)
Monday October 21, 2013, 10:55 pm
Signed this petition and a few others. I feel outrage for these honourable people who are now incarcerated for protesting .

Hugo L. (267)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 12:26 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Col
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