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Russian Coast Guard storms Greenpeace ship

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:00 a.m. HST, Sep 20, 2013

MOSCOW » The Russian Coast Guard says a Greenpeace ship it stormed after a protest against oil drilling in Arctic waters is being towed toward the nearest port.

It said today that the ship's captain refused to operate the Arctic Sunrise, so a Coast Guard ship has arrived at the scene to tow the ship to the nearest port, in the city of Murmansk. The trip will take three to four days.

According to Greenpeace, 15 armed men boarded the ship on Wednesday, aggressively herding 29 activists into one compartment. The vessel's captain was held separately on the bridge, said Faiza Oulahsen, one of the activists aboard the vessel.

A day earlier, two activists were arrested following an attempt to board an offshore drilling platform belonging to state natural gas company Gazprom.

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serious wrote:
Greenpeace tries to set its own laws. Let them sit in a Russian prison for awhile.
on September 20,2013 | 04:44AM
Thor wrote:
I concur, I hope the Russian government throws the keys away...
on September 20,2013 | 07:39AM
redneckMT wrote:
Way to go Russian Coast Guard.
on September 20,2013 | 08:26AM
lynnh wrote:
One word... GOOD!!!
on September 20,2013 | 09:08AM
Hilofrank wrote:
What?! I thought Putin was our President's BFF?! No?
on September 20,2013 | 09:15AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
Great Job!!
on September 20,2013 | 09:50AM
cojef wrote:
All the sentiments thus far, indicate that they are not in support for the Green Peace stunts. Maritime laws should determine whether any violation of sovereignty was involved. Was the vessel in the territorial waters of Russia and were they on a trading mission or just to do mayhem of the open seas. If it was subsequent to the attempt to board an oil derrick for the purpose of disrupting the operation than, expect no help form your Government. The Russian gulags in Siberia is not the most comfortable place to spend your incarceration.
on September 20,2013 | 10:48AM
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