WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Recently, 30 Greenpeace activists protesting Arctic drilling were arrested by the Russian Coast Guard. Despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s own assertion that it was clear the activists are not pirates, they are being held for two months in order for an investigation to be conducted as to whether they can be charged with “piracy.” If convicted of that charge, the activists could face 15 years in jail.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“The thoughts of everyone at the Sierra Club are with the activists who traveled to the Arctic to engage in the peaceful protest of the destructive and dangerous drilling. Whether you are Russian, American or from any other nation in the world, reckless Arctic drilling fuels climate disruption that threatens a safe future for all of us while destroying one of the most pristine places on earth. These activists risked their safety and their freedom to say ‘enough is enough.’ Now, even Vladimir Putin recognizes that the “piracy” charges for which they are being investigated are a farce. It is unconscionable for the Russian authorities to hold these activists any longer. They should be allowed to return home to their families right away.”