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Greenpeace activists in Russian jail

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  • Greenpeace activists arrested, charged in Russia
  • Russian court charges activists with hooliganism

Twenty-eight members of the environmental group Greenpeace set out to peacefully protest a Russian state owned oil rig operating in the Arctic Sea and are now in a Russian jail. During the protest, they sailed near the oil rig in inflatable boats and tried to climb aboard to raise a banner. Then Russian authorities began spraying them with a high pressure water blast and fired warning shots.

Russian authorities then handcuffed and seized the Greenpeace boat claiming the activists endangered the crew on the oil rig.  Greenpeace says they were arrested in international waters.

Now the 28 activists and two journalists are charged with hooliganism and face up to seven years in prison.

Jane Velez-Mitchell spoke to the wife of Captain Peter Willcox who is one of those in the Russian prison.

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