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PETITION - Help the 30 Scared Greenpeace Activists Facing 15 Years in Russian Jail

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PLEASE, PLEASE SIGN AVAAZ petition to request that the Russian Government please release the 30 Greenpeace Activists... The Greenpeace staff, some in solitary confinement, are now facing fifteen years in prison on trumped up charges of piracy.

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Col N. (24)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:38 am
For those of you who have already noted this in my other posting "Trapped in a Russian Jail" - no need to go and sign again (only one signature counts), but the other posting is starting to bury down in the lost news items... so I thought I'd give it another try.

Please, anyone else - only takes a minute to sign the petition. AVAAZ petitions pack a lot of clout and have had lots of successes.

Despite, being a bit silly taking on the "Russians" the young activists had the right intentions. They aren't spies, nor were they doing anything more than exercising their right to protest oil exploration in the Arctic (one of the last of our Great Wilderness areas). Please help these youngsters. 15 Years in prison is going to send a message to the young that we shouldn't bother protesting against environmental or animal issues... I don't want to live in a world of dictatorship.

David B. (28)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:43 am
Thanks for posting Col... Signed with pleasure - Putin has admitted these people did not commit treason, as charged, it is unlikely that they will spend 15 years in prison because a peaceful protest is not a crime.

Danuta Watola (1199)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:47 am

Gysele van Santen (213)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:51 am
signed, thnx.

Yvette S. (32)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 3:47 am

Ben Oscarsito (338)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 3:48 am
Done. 815,531 have signed. Let's get to 1,000,000!

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 6:06 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing.

Natasha Salgado (520)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 9:45 am
Signed earlier with hope-thx Col

jess b (24)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 9:57 am

Alan Lambert (92)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:10 pm
Signature 841,732 and noted

Joe R. (189)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 3:23 pm
Thanks Col. Signed and noted.

Christine Stewart (131)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 3:24 pm

Michelle M. (55)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 3:31 pm
n + s. Thanx Col!

Twyla Sparks (208)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 4:11 pm
noted and signed

Gabriela Baldaia (98)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:05 pm
Signed ! Thank you, Col.

Jim Phillips (3209)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 6:15 pm
AVAAZ petition already signed.

Ty, Col.

Vicky P. (464)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 6:44 pm
noted, signed

Ravenna C. (20)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 7:22 pm
Thanks for acting to save the Arctic 30!

Signed and Noted! Thanks

. (6)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 8:38 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Col.

Ros G. (91)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 9:36 pm
Thanks for the article.....#63972 don't forget to send a message of hope

Marie W. (65)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 9:41 pm

Robert O. (12)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 10:12 pm
Thanks for acting to save the Arctic 30!

Thanks Col.

Apolonia Pl (400)
Monday October 21, 2013, 1:48 am
There's also Care2 petition for Greenpeace activists:
Please sign and spread widly - than more pressure than bigger chances for releasing these 30 brave youngsters.

Apolonia Pl (400)
Monday October 21, 2013, 2:47 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. "

Ros G. (91)
Monday October 21, 2013, 3:03 am
Thanks Apolonia..this is the only way I can contact you..Sorry that it is so system through Google has blocked you because you have picked up some malware..thanks for the Green Stars, not had any problems in the past with our contact, just thought I would let you know. Apologies to all for being off topic.

Col N. (24)
Monday October 21, 2013, 5:38 am
Hello again, want to say thanks to all of you. I have tried to send some green stars out as I've seen your comments, and really appreciate your help. I hope I've not missed any but it has been difficult as my internet connection keeps interrupting every few minutes and is very slow (I'm using a public wifi in a rented apartment in Chiang Mai at the moment and its not like your high-speed cable based internet if you know what I mean:).

Anyway - many thanks to all of you for your help here... Signatures are still massing on the AVAAZ site and now number 883, 818 and growing rapidly ( nearly 170,000 more signatures since yesterday - we are going to hit the Million mark very soon).

You are all really the best!

Frances Darcy (219)
Monday October 21, 2013, 5:56 am
done with pleasure

Vivian B. (154)
Monday October 21, 2013, 6:19 pm
983,257 signed. There is one more!! I have signed. Now let's get this way over 1million!! Please share and get these kids home!!
Russian jails are no where that these people need to be for 15 years!

Ros G. (91)
Monday October 21, 2013, 9:07 pm
Spammer flagged

Col N. (24)
Monday October 21, 2013, 10:40 pm
998,700 - almost at a million signatures... your voices are out there making themselves heard (thank you so much)

Shirley S. (174)
Monday November 18, 2013, 8:11 pm
Noted & signed again
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