Arrested Greenpeace activists to be tried for hooliganism, rather than piracy
The indictment article against the activists of Greenpeace, who attacked Prirazlomnaya oilrig in the Pechora Sea, was reclassified from "Piracy" to "hooliganism." The adequate decision was made by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
Under "Piracy" article, the activists faced up to ten years in prison. The new article of indictment provides for a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.
The lawyers of Greenpeace activists called the move a positive development, but noted that "charges of disorderly conduct were just as absurd as charges of piracy, as the activists did not commit any act that would have roughly violated public order," the legal expert of the organization, Mikhail Kreindlin said.