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Greenpeace Activists Seeking Exit Visas

Published: December 5, 2013 (Issue # 1789)



  • Twenty-six of the “Arctic 30” posing in St. Petersburg.
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Environmental campaign group Greenpeace said Wednesday it was seeking to obtain documents allowing its foreign activists being prosecuted by the Russian authorities to return home to their families for Christmas.

Twenty-six of the 30-member international crew of the icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, detained by Russian border guards in the Arctic in September and bailed last month, plan to leave the country pending trial as soon as they receive the proper permits, the organization said.

"They were not planning to come to Russia, so they do not have any visas," Mikhail Kreindlin, a representative of Greenpeace Russia, said Wednesday.

The activists have been registered by the Federal Migration Service at a St. Petersburg hotel where they are staying. They have their passports but no documents that would allow them to cross the Russian border, Kreindlin said.

The 28 activists and two journalists were arrested last month after some of them attempted to scale the Prirazlomnaya oil platform, owned by an affiliate of state-owned energy giant Gazprom, in protest at offshore drilling in the environmentally sensitive Arctic.

They face a maximum sentence of seven years in jail in convicted.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, July 12


Russian culture will be the focus of today’s Neva Rus Festival. Starting at noon, St. Petersburg’s 300th Anniversary Park will be a venue for a round-dance master class, hand-to-hand fighting, folk music concerts and a traditional handicraft fair.



Visit today’s ShubaShorti urban flea market, where everyone can buy, exchange or just have for free various vintage knick-knackery, clothes and books. The event starts at noon at the Uppsala Circus at 44 Sverdlovskaya Naberezhnaya.



The 3rd International Opera for All Festival opens this evening with a free performance on Cathedral Square in the Peter and Paul fortress at 7 p.m.



The Tsunami Picnic Car Festival will allow visitors to see hundreds of exclusive cars outdoors and to watch races featuring professional drivers. The event will take place in the town of Sestroretsk at noon.


Coffee lovers will be able to try hundreds of different kinds of coffee and enjoy baristas’ shows as well as live music during Coffee Day in the Cultural Space Salon at 11 Bolshoi Kazachy pereulok.



Sunday, July 13


Starcon, a festival dedicated to science fiction and innovation, plans to lure visitors by exposing them to the best video games and comics as well as holding lectures on new and exciting technologies. The event will take place at Lenexpo, 103 Bolshoi prospect on Vasilievsky Island, at noon. The entrance fee is 850 rubles ($23).



Monday, July 14


More than 30 young artists will present their work including sculptures, painted skateboards and graffiti, during Boards & Paint, which will run through Aug. 3 at Loft Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, July 15


Be amazed by 50 life-sized moving dinosaur models at the Dinosaurs Show, the world’s largest such exhibition, which will be at Lenexpo on Vasilievsky Island until Sept. 21.



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