Unarmed, non-violent Greenpeace activists forceably taken by Russian authorities in the Arctic are currently in jail in Russia, the captain and most of the crew now sentenced to two months pending piracy investigations.
Activists scaled a Gazprom oil platform in the Pechora Sea as part of the Greenpeace Save the Arctic campaign launched over a year ago to protest destructive oil drilling scheduled to soon start in this environmentally fragile region. Drilling is via agreements between the Russian state oil company Gazprom and Shell.
Discussion of the situation below with Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo. A twitter photostream here.
The Save the Arctic campaign has the global support of well over 4 million people. As of September 24th, more than 450,000 have written to Russian embassies demanding the release of the activists.