Spokesperson for Greenpeace, Anna Smirnova, said some of the Greenpeace activists being held by Russian officials, following a protest at an offshore oil platform, will be formally charged this week.
All 30 activists on the Greenpeace ship were placed in custody on Sept. 18, when the ship was seized by the Russian Coast Guard. The activists were protesting Gazprom, a Russian-owned energy company. The protest took place in the Artic and Greenpeace activists from 18 countries participated.
They are being held in Murmansk. If convicted of piracy, the protesters could face up to 15 years in prison. It has still not been revealed what the actual charges will be, but lawyers for the activists believe the charges will be presented Wednesday or Thursday.
By: Lisa Nance