Green Party calls on Foreign Affairs Minister to push for release of Canadian Greenpeace activists imprisoned in Russia

On Friday, November 1st, 2013 in Press Releases

Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich – Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada has called on Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird to push for the release of two Canadian citizens currently imprisoned in Murmanski, Russia over a peaceful protest at an offshore oil platform in September.

Paul Douglas Ruzycki of Port Colbourne, Ontario and Alexandre Paul of Montreal are among the thirty crewmembers of the Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace ship operating in the Arctic Ocean in protest of the unsafe and environmentally destructive offshore drilling practices of Gazprom, the Russian state­-owned oil and gas extractor. The activists have now been detained for almost two months, and could be facing prison terms of up to seven years on charges of hooliganism.

In a letter to Minister Baird released yesterday, May declared that “It appears as though the Russian leadership is determined to make an international political statement through the continued imprisonment and wildly disproportionate charges that these thirty individuals continue to face.”

Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya oil platform, the target of the Greenpeace protest, is the first offshore oil development in the Arctic Ocean. Many experts agree that a spill at the platform would have catastrophic consequences for the extremely fragile Arctic ecosystem, and would affect thousands of kilometers of coastline.

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  • katewerk

    Let them freeze in the Siberian dark.

  • John Stewart

    It was anything but a peaceful protest. They scaled a drilling rig which belonged to the Russian Government. They had no permission to do so and endangered the lives of the workers on that property. Hopefully the Russian government throws away the keys. It is time that Greenpeace learned that laws apply to everyone. It is not a surprise that the Green Party would ask for there release because they support terrorism when it involves environmental causes.

    • Brian McGavin

      Any organization or individual that is not in harmony with the planet’s natural systems needs to be held up to public scrutiny. We are not able to think in terms of a market quarter rather we need to think in a century of human impact to our spaceship earth.

  • Daisee

    They were in international waters and Gazprom has had 872 spills in one year!!

  • ChrisW Krajewski

    Maybe it’s a testing of the reliability of how Russians can use the laws of man for cooperation as well as competition. Assumed is that the laws of supply and demand are far from anything “MORAL”.

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