Greenpeace sues Russia over ‘Arctic Sunrise’ detention

A file photo taken on Oct. 31, 2013 shows a man looking at a mosaic of portraits of jailed Greenpeace activists as protesters nearby take part in a demonstration in Paris calling for the release of the group of Greenpeace activists imprisoned in Russia.

Greenpeace is suing Russia before the European Court of Human Rights for detaining its members during a protest last year against Arctic drilling, the environmental lobby group said on March 17.

Russian security forces in September detained 30 Greenpeace activists and journalists and seized their Arctic Sunrise ship over the protest at an offshore oil rig owned by state energy giant Gazprom.

The 30, including four Russians, were detained for around two months before being bailed and then benefitting from a Kremlin-backed amnesty.

Greenpeace wants compensation and a declaration that the detention for a peaceful protest was illegal, as it breached the group’s right to liberty and to freedom of expression enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, to which Russia has acceded.

“We think the Arctic 30 were apprehended and detained in flagrant violation of applicable international and Russian laws,” said lawyer Sergey Golubok…