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Russia: Captain of impounded Greenpeace ship fined

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 10 October 2013
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October 10, 2013

'Arctic Sunrise' captain Pete Willcox in Leninsky Court in Murmansk, Russia, on September 26."Arctic Sunrise" captain Pete Willcox in Leninsky Court in Murmansk, Russia, on September 26.

The captain of Greenpeace International's "Arctic Sunrise" ice-breaker, impounded by Russian authorities, has been fined 20,000 rubles ($618).

Captain Peter Willcox was found guilty of not following requests by Russian Coast Guard officers to stop his vessel, according to the border guard department of Russia's Federal Security Service in northwestern Murmansk Oblast.

Willcox, a U.S. citizen, is currently in two-month pretrial detention in Murmansk along with 29 other Greenpeace activists.

The activists – citizens of 18 countries – were arrested and later charged with piracy after two of them tried to scale a Gazprom offshore drilling platform last month.

They could face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty.

Russia's Investigative Committee said on October 9 that the activists may face new charges, including illegal drugs possession.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and

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