Friday, November 22nd 2013 - 20:27 UTC

Russia refuses to free Greenpeace vessel ignoring UN maritime tribunal order

The United Nations maritime tribunal has ordered Russia to free a Greenpeace vessel and 30 people detained after an oil drilling protest in the Arctic. The court in the German city of Hamburg said a bond of 3.6 million Euros should be posted.

The Arctic Sunrise and its crew were detained in September

 A Russian statement after the ruling said the Hamburg tribunal had no jurisdiction in the case.

The Arctic Sunrise and its crew were detained in September. All but one of those held have now been granted bail. The vessel was sailing under a Dutch flag when it was stopped and searched.

The Dutch authorities, who brought the case, argued that Russia had violated international law by failing to respect the freedom of navigation.

The Greenpeace activists were staging a protest against Arctic oil drilling at a Russian fixed gas platform.

Initially they were charged with piracy, but the charges were later reduced to hooliganism. Russia argues it was entitled to make the arrests because it claims the activists were breaking Russian laws.

Greenpeace is to appeal against the continued detention of an Australian activist in St Petersburg next week.

The Hamburg tribunal is an independent, international judicial body which adjudicates in disputes over the interpretation and application of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is made up of 21 elected members.

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1 reality check (#) Nov 22nd, 2013 - 08:53 pm Report abuse
Can anyone honestly say they are surprised?
2 Brasileiro (#) Nov 22nd, 2013 - 11:12 pm Report abuse
Russia i can join with you? Great Russia, hope of humanity,.
3 A_Voice (#) Nov 23rd, 2013 - 12:34 am Report abuse
Only problem is Brasileiro.....Russia most definitely wouldn't welcome you....
4 CabezaDura (#) Nov 23rd, 2013 - 02:16 am Report abuse
Didn't The Hamburg tribunal rule in favour of releasing the ARA Libertad a year ago???
The crew were lucky they didnt get at least 15 years. They will not tolerate any other activists fooling around their oil rigs.
5 Heisenbergcontext (#) Nov 23rd, 2013 - 02:45 am Report abuse
@4

Exactly. If ever you needed a demonstration of the difference in power between a small African nation and Russia this will do. I can't believe how naïve these activists are. What did they really think was going to happen to them?
6 Iusedtocould (#) Nov 23rd, 2013 - 05:57 am Report abuse
Take the boat out over some trench and scuttle it.
That will teach them not to screw with the Russians at least.
7 reality check (#) Nov 23rd, 2013 - 07:35 am Report abuse
@4CD

Agree, niavity in the extreme, bordering on criminal stupidity. Unless of course these people knew of the probable consequences and were prepared to be martyrs for their beliefs. In which case it's still criminal stupidity, because there are other ways to demonstrate.
8 DennisA (#) Nov 23rd, 2013 - 09:59 am Report abuse
Their actions are misguided, their knowledge of the Arctic is minimal and they are promoting a false agenda. Apart from that, good luck to them. They had already been warned off once, this episode was intended to put them off for the future.
9 Conqueror (#) Nov 23rd, 2013 - 01:26 pm Report abuse
Greenpeace lost the plot years ago. Perhaps, at one time, it “acted” on issues that everybody, or at least the majority, could relate to. They are no longer activists, they are anarchists. No doubt, when they were detained, they thought that there would be a world outcry. The world has been remarkably muted. Haven't seen any maps showing precisely where the Arctic Sunrise was detained. Or the precise extent of Russian territorial waters in the area. The maritime tribunal will have to justify its approach and judgement. Especially as the detention took place within Russia's EEZ. But, if they took actions unacceptable to the Russians whilst in Russian territorial waters, getting into international waters was no protection. Universal jurisdiction applies. But, in this particular case, they were fooling with the health, welfare, even the lives, of hundreds of millions of people. Not only in Russia but, at the least, across northern Europe. The problem with these people is that they always have to have a “cause”. But the “report” to ITLOS certainly seems to suggest the sort of actions consistent with those of terrorists. A number of RHIBs lowered from a parent vessel, then heading at high speed toward a gas rig, towing “something”. Then individuals climbing on to the rig. I'd lock them away, Greenpeace or not. And the government of the Netherlands should be ashamed of itself!
10 ChrisR (#) Nov 23rd, 2013 - 07:00 pm Report abuse
@ 9

I know I said I would not respond to you, BUT whatever it is that you are taking OR not taking that has resulted in a post of yours that I can agree with, KEEP DOING IT.

I agree with you wholeheartedly.
11 Conqueror (#) Nov 24th, 2013 - 01:26 pm Report abuse
@10 Perhaps you could consider a few “principles”. Appeasement NEVER works. Only be “reasonable” with those that are reasonable. Warning an aggressor what you CAN do is better than having to do it. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. The “meek” will inherit the earth. In six foot by six foot by three foot parcels. Dying on your feet is preferable to living on your knees. Defend the right. Whatever it takes.
12 yankeeboy (#) Nov 24th, 2013 - 02:21 pm Report abuse
Sink it. Greenpeacers are terrorists and should have been tried as such.
13 Heisenbergcontext (#) Nov 24th, 2013 - 03:19 pm Report abuse
“Greenpeacers are terrorists...”

Brought to you by the same people who called torture 'enhanced interrogation'.

”Greenpeacers' are simply idealists with an inflated sense of their own importance who can't distinguish between annoying Japanese whalers and 'the new Russian order'.
14 ChrisR (#) Nov 24th, 2013 - 03:33 pm Report abuse
You have to feel sorry the the “poor liddle babba argie” shown in PLATE 11 BELOW:
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/10467615/The-week-in-pictures-22-November-2013.html#?frame=2743050

”Miguel Hernan Perez Orsi of Argentina, left, reacts to a verdict and holds a photo of his daughter in a cage at a court room during a hearing that's considering the investigators request to extend the detention of 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise Greenpeace International ship in St.Petersburg, Russia. Miguel Hernan Perez Orsi was released on bail of 2 million rubles ($61,500).”

So after blubbering his head off and clinging to a photo of his daughter they gave him bail of U$D 61,500. So that will be the last the bailbond guy will see of him or the money.

Argies; cowards at home and away.

What a wanker.
15 DanyBerger (#) Nov 25th, 2013 - 05:29 pm Report abuse
@ChrisR

I see a British cowardly crying after bail bond Oops??????

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2510496/Free-bail-British-Greenpeace-girl-held-Russian-jail.html

Peter Willcox British captain... “I was Scared” Oops?????

“The first five weeks when we were being hit with the piracy charge I lost a lot of sleep,“ he recalled. ”I was nervous, I was scared. I just couldn't believe that they were going to put us to jail for years and years”

www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/24/arctic-30-captain-protest-methods-russia

No British no cry... by Bob

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0jirlfhyz4

ha ha
16 ChrisR (#) Nov 25th, 2013 - 08:26 pm Report abuse
@ 15 Dumb-ass DanyBerger

But the Brits never claimed that they were anything but apprehensive, unlike you who claim to be able to “smash” me.

But you just can’t stand it can you when one of the Greenpeace “warriors” turns out to be just another cowardly argie, just like your army and navy. At least the Air Force had balls in 1982, even though quite a number lost them when they were shot down by Harriers.

You can never win when it comes to guts because the argies don’t have any: fact.

Now be a good little boy and run away and find the REAL DanyBerger, the one we can hold a reasonable argument with without him crying.
17 BOTINHO (#) Nov 26th, 2013 - 01:57 pm Report abuse
Since it appears we are taking a poll, I agree with Russia.

Hooliganism, as an intentional and planned act, is hardly an exercise of freedom of the seas. That logic would justify those acts of the Guardia Civil currently against Gibraltar.
18 DanyBerger (#) Nov 27th, 2013 - 02:27 am Report abuse
@ChrisR

You are the greatest dancer I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-GcL1Cd5b4

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