Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Russians board Greenpeace ship

Russian coast guards have boarded a Greenpeace protest ship (AP)

Russian coast guards have boarded a Greepeace ship in the Arctic to protest against oil drilling.

The environmental group is demonstrating against offshore oil exploration conducted by state oil company Rosneft and ExxonMobil in the Russian section of the Arctic Ocean off western Siberia.

Greenpeace said the coast guard boarded the ship, the Arctic Sunrise, without permission after the group launched inflatable boats with banners reading "Save the Arctic" near an oil exploration vessel working for Rosneft.

Russia has denied permission for the Greenpeace ship to enter the Kara Sea, but the ship entered the waters on Saturday morning.

Campaigners have been warning of high risks of oil blowouts and spills in this pristine and hard-to-reach area.

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