Port Colborne activist could face piracy charge
Russian investigators says they will file piracy charges against Greenpeace activists who tried to climb onto an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic owned by the state-controlled gas company Gazprom.
The activists, including Paul Ruzycki from Port Colborne, are on a Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, that was seized last week by the Russian Coast Guard and towed today into a port near Murmansk.
It's not clear how many of the 30 activists face piracy charges, which carries a potential prison sentence of up to 15 years and a fine of $15 thousand Canadian.
The boat was boarded and seized by the Russian coast guard after two activists tried to climb onto an oil platform last Thursday while others assisted from small inflatable boats.
The Greenpeace protest was aimed at calling attention to the environmental risks of drilling for oil in Arctic waters.