To hell and back to Save the Arctic | Greenpeace International
It was a terrifying moment for me as I jumped into the inflatable boat in total darkness; I knew the Russian Coast Guard was waiting for us...I never imagined in all my life I'd be threatened with a gun, especially when doing a peaceful non-violent Greenpeace protest.Russians Fire On Greenpeace Vessel In Arctic, Arrest Two Activists, As Environmental Group Members Scale Gazprom Oil Platform
"Due to the refusal of the Arctic Sunrise captain to halt the unlawful activity, the administration took a decision to stop the ship. The coast guard was forced to fire warning shots four times from an artillery cannon onboard a vessel," the Russian Federal Security Service said.
This is not the first time the Arctic Sunrise was confronted by the Russian Coast Guard. In late August, the Coast Guard boarded the Sunrise after activists protested drilling by Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) and Rosneft NK OAO (MCX:ROSN) in the Kara Sea.
Last month, Christie Ferguson, the lead Arctic campaigner for Greenpeace, said that the Russian Coast Guard threatened its ship with gunfire if they did not leave the Northern Sea route area.