Russia dismisses Dutch legal action over Greenpeace activists
Russia has shrugged off the threat of Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace activists for piracy, saying on Saturday the group's protest at an Arctic oil platform had been "pure provocation".
The Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia on Friday, saying it had unlawfully detained activists and others on the Dutch-registered ship last month as it protested against drilling in the Arctic.
Thirty protesters are being held including Port Colborne native Paul Ruzycki.
The activists are currently being held in custody in the northern Russian city of Murmansk.
The charge of piracy can result in a 15-year prison term upon conviction.