LA Times "She added that authorities effectively turned the boat into an illegal prison." By Sergei L. Loiko
'"At first they accused our activists of terrorism, then of illegal
scientific research activities and now they come up with the absurdist
charge of them all -- piracy!" Favorskaya said in a telephone interview
from Murmansk. "How can peaceful activists who simply tried to put up a
poster up the side of an oil drilling platform be accused of such a
'She said Greenpeace lawyers and diplomats from other countries have not been allowed to board the Arctic Sunrise.
'"If any act of piracy took place in that area of the Arctic it was
certainly committed by Russian border troops who illegally attacked our
vessel and continue to hold our activists and the crew hostages, denying
any access to them for a fifth day," Favorskaya said.
'Denis Sinyakov, a prominent Moscow-based photographer who was onboard
the Arctic Sunrise, described last week's confrontation with
authorities in dramatic detail on his Facebook page. The Greenpeace
activists had approached the drilling platform in small boats that were
launched from the Arctic Sunrise.
'"The men in coast guard boats seemed to have lost self control," he
wrote in Russian. "Screaming and pointing arms at the activists, they
started to shoot first into the water. One soldier lost control, took
out a knife and started to wave it in front of the main guy in our
'He said that two activists, whom he identified as Marco Polo of
Switzerland and Sini Saarela of Finland, started to climb ropes that had
been attached to the drilling platform but fell into the icy water
after authorities cut the ropes. “The border troops made several holes
in Greenpeace boats with their knives and after intensive shooting made
the boats turn away,” he wrote.
'Sinyakov made the entry on Wednesday. On Thursday, he was arrested along with the rest of the Arctic Sunrise crew.'