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Russian Public Chamber expects a ‘humane’ outcome in the Greenpeace case

November 25, 2013, 17:29 UTC+3 ST.PETERSBURG
Spokesman said that the activists could face both criminal and administrative sanctions; since the case has got into international spotlight, investigators should be careful
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ST.PETERSBURG, November 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Vladislav Grib, vice-secretary of the Russian Public Chamber, hopes that an incident involving 30 Greenpeace activists who tried to disembark on the Gazprom-owned Prirazlomnaya oil platform on September 18 will have a ‘humane’ outcome.

“I strongly believe that the whole affair will end well for the Greenpeace activists. I am sure that the final ruling will be humane,” Grib told journalists in St. Petersburg on Monday.

He said that the activists could face both criminal and administrative sanctions. Since the case has got into international spotlight, investigators should take on double responsibility. “An investigator should be bold and highly professional to send the case to court,” Grib added.

The Greenpeace activists attempted to disembark from the Arctic Sunrise ice-breaker on the Prirazlomnaya oil platform that was drilling on the shelf in the Pechora Sea off the coast of Murmansk on September 18 but Russian border guards thwarted their attempt. The Arctic Sunrise was towed to Murmansk port, and the 30 people onboard, including four Russians, were arrested.

In October this year, the Russian Investigation Committee re-qualified the charges brought against the Greenpeace activists from piracy to hooliganism.

In November, courts in St. Petersburg decided to let all the activists out on a 2-million-rouble bail, except for Australian Colin Russell who may remain in custody until February 24, 2014.

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