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Russia Jails More Greenpeace Activists For Two Months


A Russian court has ordered eight remaining Greenpeace activists to be held in jail for two months over a protest against Arctic offshore drilling.

Thirty members of the environmental pressure group were detained on September 18 when two activists tried to scale an offshore drilling platform in Arctic waters.

The next day, the Russian Coast Guard seized Greenpeace's ship, the "Arctic Sunrise," and towed it to Murmansk with the crew and activists aboard.

A court in Murmansk on September 26 ordered 22 activists and two journalist to be held in jail for two months as officials carry out their investigation of the matter.

On September 29, the court handed out the same ruling to the remaining eight activists.

No charges have been brought against any of the activists, but Russian authorities are considering whether to charge them with piracy.

Greenpeace has described court proceedings as reminiscent of Soviet-era scare tactics.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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