LDPR Lawmaker Calls For Greenpeace Ban In Russia

The head of Greenpeace had been “openly stating in media interviews that the vessel’s arrest came after complaints from the environmentalists”, Khudyakov said, adding “This is not the first time Greenpeace activities are aimed against Russia” and noting that the environmentalists were taking revenge for the incident with a Russian Arctic oil rig last year.

Twenty-eight Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists were arrested by Russian authorities after they attempted to storm Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Barents Sea last September.

They were initially charged with piracy but the indictment was reduced to one of hooliganism. Russia released the activists in December after dropping all allegations.

The vessel Oleg Naidyonov carried 62 Russians, mainly sailors from Murmansk region, and 20 Guinea-Bissau nationals.

Earlier in the week, Senegalese authorities agreed to release the ship. The owner's executive director said on Tuesday that the trawler would leave the port of Dakar on Wednesday.

Source : https://tass.com/russia/715682

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