All 30 Greenpeace activists are being transferred to St. Petersburg
MOSCOW, November 11 (RAPSI) - All 30 Greenpeace activists detained in Murmansk over the Gazprom drilling platform raid in the Pechora Sea are currently being transferred to St. Petersburg, Russia's Investigative Committee reports.
Greenpeace said the relocation of the group − which has been dubbed the Arctic 30 − began at 5:00 a.m. local time. The Investigative Committee confirmed that the group was being moved and said the transfer was needed as the body investigating the case is based in St. Petersburg.
The Arctic Sunrise ship was seized by Russian border guards on September 19 in international waters, within Russia's exclusive economic zone, a day after two Greenpeace activists scaled the Prirazlomnaya drilling rig in the Pechora Sea, the southeastern part of the Barents Sea.
The platform, owned by Gazprom Neft Shelf, a subsidiary of Russian energy giant Gazprom, is the first ice-resistant stationary oil platform in the world set to produce offshore Arctic oil.
Greenpeace and other environmental groups oppose drilling for oil in the Arctic because they say that it is currently impossible to sufficiently clean up potential oil spills in the region, and that such drilling cannot be economically viable.
On October 21, the Netherlands filed a request with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to inflict interim measures which must be taken before the trial on the merits to protect the interests of the party in the dispute.