Newport eco-activist held in Russia still faces piracy charges - Greenpeace

South Wales Argus: LOCKED UP: Anthony Perrett in a Russian court at an earlier hearing LOCKED UP: Anthony Perrett in a Russian court at an earlier hearing

A NEWPORT eco-activist arrested by Russia and charged with piracy has not had the charges dropped, according to Greenpeace.

Anthony Perrett, 32, is among six Britons held following a Greenpeace protest at an Arctic oil rig.

It emerged last week that charges of piracy against Mr Perrett and other Greenpeace activists had been swapped with charges of hooliganism, which carry a maximum sentence of seven years. But Greenpeace is claiming the charges have still not been dropped

Russia’s Investigative Committee announced last week that the piracy charges, which carry a 15-year jail sentence, would be replaced with charges of hooliganism.

But Greenpeace says when the 30 detainees were brought before the committee over the course of this week, the piracy charge was not withdrawn and instead each of them was served with the additional charge of hooliganism.

They say they now stand accused of both offences.

A Greenpeace spokesman said: “The authorities clearly stated to the world’s media that the absurd charge of piracy would be withdrawn, but they have not been true to their word.”

A total of 30 activists were held last month when armed Russian officials boarded their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise.

Mr Perrett, a former Caldicot Town Council councillor, is a tree surgeon and director of a community interest company that encourages the use of renewable energy.

He also trains with the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA).

Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International executive director, said: “As things stand the Russian authorities propose to jail 30 men and women for maybe 20years because two peaceful protesters tried to hang small yellow banner from the side of a 500,000 tonne oil platform.

“They are neither pirates nor hooligans, they are simply people possessed of a conscience who care about our common future and they should be released immediately.”

The 28 Greenpeace International activists, freelance photographer and videographer, were charged with piracy following a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling at a Gazprom oil platform in the Pechora Sea.

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1:28pm Fri 1 Nov 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

Meethinks that judging by the silence from Cameron et al, Russians are beginning to get the message that contemporary British leaders care little more for the well being of their citizens than their own former 'Comrade', Stalin.
Meethinks that judging by the silence from Cameron et al, Russians are beginning to get the message that contemporary British leaders care little more for the well being of their citizens than their own former 'Comrade', Stalin. Katie Re-Registered
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4:23pm Fri 1 Nov 13

Mike0408 says...

Piracy is typically an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea. The term can include acts committed on land, in the air, or in other major bodies of water or on a shore. It does not normally include crimes committed against persons traveling on the same vessel as the perpetrator (e.g. one passenger stealing from others on the same vessel). The term has been used throughout history to refer to raids across land borders by non-state agents. (COPY AND PASTED FROM WIKIPEDIA)

In the Soviet Union the word khuligan was used to refer to scofflaws and, sometime, to political dissenters, “hooliganism” (rus. Хулига́нст
во) was listed as a criminal offense (similar to "disorderly conduct" in some other jurisdictions) and used as a catch-all charge for prosecuting unapproved behavior. "Hooliganism" is defined generally in the Criminal Code of Russia as an "average gravity" crime.
Matthias Rust was convicted of hooliganism, among other things, for his 1987 Cessna landing in Red Square. More recently, the same charge has been leveled against members of the feminist punk group **** Riot for which three members have each received a two-year sentence on 17 August 2012. Hooliganism charges have also been levelled against the Greenpeace protestors in October 2013. (COPY AND PASTED FROM WIKIPEDIA)

i dont see how they can charge them with Piracy if all they did was hang yellow banners from the oil platform :/
if they do get charged with this i seriously hope our government will say something about it and hope they actually stand up for for their OWN citizens.

or are our government afraid of the Russians??
Piracy is typically an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea. The term can include acts committed on land, in the air, or in other major bodies of water or on a shore. It does not normally include crimes committed against persons traveling on the same vessel as the perpetrator (e.g. one passenger stealing from others on the same vessel). The term has been used throughout history to refer to raids across land borders by non-state agents. (COPY AND PASTED FROM WIKIPEDIA) In the Soviet Union the word khuligan was used to refer to scofflaws and, sometime, to political dissenters, “hooliganism” (rus. Хулига́нст во) was listed as a criminal offense (similar to "disorderly conduct" in some other jurisdictions) and used as a catch-all charge for prosecuting unapproved behavior.[2][8] "Hooliganism" is defined generally in the Criminal Code of Russia as an "average gravity" crime.[9] Matthias Rust was convicted of hooliganism, among other things, for his 1987 Cessna landing in Red Square. More recently, the same charge has been leveled against members of the feminist punk group **** Riot for which three members have each received a two-year sentence on 17 August 2012. Hooliganism charges have also been levelled against the Greenpeace protestors in October 2013. (COPY AND PASTED FROM WIKIPEDIA) i dont see how they can charge them with Piracy if all they did was hang yellow banners from the oil platform :/ if they do get charged with this i seriously hope our government will say something about it and hope they actually stand up for for their OWN citizens. or are our government afraid of the Russians?? Mike0408
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