The Russian government shows how weak and fearful it is by a ludicrous over-reaction. Any government which can't stand up to peaceful protest and open debate is not worth having. The Russians appear to have learned nothing from Stalin, a leader whose personal weaknesses (paranoia, mainly) led him to massacre millions of his own people, by tolerating another leader who at the slightest sign of opposition behaves like a spoilt toddler. Previously it was "Pussy Riot", now it's Greenpeace. Maybe Russia should be dragged into at least the latter part of the 20th century, and taught to grow up.
Forwarded message ---------- From: Jamie Choi - Avaaz.org <av...@avaaz.org> Date: 18 October 2013 00:21 Subject: Trapped in a Russian jail To: "crg1...@gmail.com" <crg1...@gmail.com> ** Dear friends, <http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bbUbKdb&v=30328> *Ana Paula and 29 of her Greenpeace crewmates are trapped in a Russian jail* for trying to save the Arctic from oil drilling. But our community could set them free if we help Greenpeace build a massive global outcry targeting Russia’s biggest global partners. *Let’s reach 1 million to free the Arctic 30 -- sign now by clicking below:* [image: SIGN THE PETITION]<http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bbUbKdb&v=30328> Ana Paula is a 31-year old from Brazil who wanted to peacefully protest Russia’s plans to drill the Arctic.* *Now she, along with her 29 crewmates from the Greenpeace ship *Arctic Sunrise*, is *locked in a Russian jail with no release in sight. *But we can throw her and the rest of her crew a lifeline. The Greenpeace staff, *some in solitary confinement, are now facing fifteen years in prison* on trumped up charges of piracy. Their crime? Hanging a banner on a Russian oil rig to protest dangerous deepwater drilling in one of the earth’s most beautiful and fragile places. Many western governments have already spoken out, but now *Ana Paula and Greenpeace are asking the Avaaz community to help build a truly global outcry. * Together we can call on some of Russia's strongest trade and political partners -- Brazil, India, South Africa and the EU -- to call for the release of the Arctic 30. *Let’s reach 1 million to free Ana Paula and her friends*. Once we hit that mark, Avaaz will project their faces in key public places to keep this story at the top of the news: http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bbUbKdb&v=30328 This is what Ana Paula's sister said about her: "In many ways, *my sister is a typical Brazilian -- talkative, friendly, and full of life. But she’s also simply extraordinary*, passionate about nature since she was little, and never hesitating to stand up for it even at great personal risk." Now Ana Paula and her crewmates could lose *15 years of their lives, all for trying to hang a banner on a Gazprom oil rig, the first of its kind in the Arctic*. This is an aggressive backlash against defenders of our environment -- stopping oil drilling in the Arctic is about protecting the last great wilderness on earth, where oil spills are almost impossible to clean up. Greenpeace has hired great lawyers who point out that the 30 were arrested in international waters, making Russia the one violating the international Law of the Sea. *But being on the right side of the law may not be enough to regain their freedom*, and their dreadful fate may be sealed soon unless the international community lets Russia know that this is a scandal that’s not going to go away. *Avaaz has a particularly powerful voice in many of these countries with huge memberships* -- 5 million in Brazil alone! If we all weigh in now and build a one million strong petition, Avaazers in Brazil, South Africa, India, and the EU can ramp up the pressure. Sign now to help build 1 million people to help free the Arctic 30: http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bbUbKdb&v=30328 These Arctic 30 were brave enough to confront the oil industry in one of the last untouched places on earth. They are being silenced and intimidated by the oil industry for their bravery. 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With hope and determination, Jamie, Alex, Emma, Lisa, Ricken, Marie, Julien, Diego and the rest of the Avaaz team MORE INFORMATION Russia accuses Greenpeace crew of 'piracy' in Arctic (BBC) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24222392 Dutch sue Russia to recover 'pirate' Greenpeace crew (France24) http://www.france24.com/en/20131004-netherlands-russia-greenpeace-oil-arctic-piracy-justice What Russia’s Treatment of Greenpeace Activists Reveals About its Arctic Policy (The Atlantic) http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/10/what-russia-s-treatment-of-greenpeace-activists-reveals-about-its-arctic-policy/280352/ Legal analysis by International law professor Prof. Dr. Stefan Kirchner http://fr.scribd.com/doc/173374193/Comment-on-the-institution-of-arbitration-proceedings-between-the-Kingdom-of-the-Netherlands-and-the-Russian-Federation-concerning-the-case-of-the-shi Black Ice: Russia's ongoing oil spill crisis (Report, Greenpeace) http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/arctic-impacts/The-dangers-of-Ar...<http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/arctic-impacts/The-dangers-of-Arctic-oil/Black-ice--Russian-oil-spill-disaster/> *Support the Avaaz Community!* We're entirely funded by donations and receive no money from governments or corporations. 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