Russia to File Piracy Charges Against Greenpeace
Russia's top investigative agency said Tuesday it will prosecute Greenpeace activists on piracy charges for trying to climb onto an Arctic offshore drilling platform owned by the state-controlled gas company Gazprom.Oh, I think they are going to find out two things here. One, Russian detention facilities are less desirable than, say, Norwegian ones. And two, the Russians don't give a rat's hairy ass what the rest of the world thinks. In fact, I think Putin likes it when world leaders call him up whining about stuff. He shoots fewer bears when hippies cry.
The 30 activists from 18 countries were on a Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, which was seized last week by the Russian Coast Guard. The ship was towed Tuesday into a small bay near Russia's Arctic port of Murmansk and the activists were bused to the local headquarters of Russia's Investigative Committee late at night for several hours of questioning and then into a detention facility.
I'm still trying to think what passed for a thought process here. "Hey, let's go screw with the Russians!" I mean, I know that critical thinking is in short supply at Greenpeace - remember, these are the people that had their boat sunk by the FRENCH, in the first French naval victory since Yorktown - but this takes the cake for stupid. "Let's storm a Russian oil derrick in a contentious area of the world to make a point about environmental concerns". This brings to mind this:
I hear Siberia's just lovely this time of year...
That is all.