Greenpeace says Russia charged 2 activists with piracy
iIn this image made available by Greenpeace on Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013, 2013, the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, right, is anchored side by side with the Russian Coast Guard Ship in the Kolskii gulf, near Murmansk, Russia on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. The investigators said the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, had violated the 500-meter security zone around the platform and that it was carrying equipment whose purpose was still unclear. (AP Photo/Greenpeace)
Moscow Greenpeace says two of its activists who were detained after protesting at a Russian oil platform have been charged with piracy.
The environmental group said in a statement Thursday that a Brazilian activist and a British videographer have been formally charged with piracy. If found guilty they could face up to 15 years in prison.
The Russian Coast Guard seized a Greenpeace ship and all 30 people on board following the Sept. 18 protest at an offshore platform in the Arctic owned by Russian state-controlled energy giant Gazprom.
The activists are all in custody in the northern city of Murmansk.
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