Greenpeace Activists Arrested in Moscow

Group was protesting Arctic oil drilling


Police in Moscow arrested 23 Greenpeace activists on Tuesday for protesting against Arctic drilling at an illegal rally outside the Arctic Oil and Gas Conference. Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil producer, signed a deal with Exxon Mobil earlier this week that grants both companies access to each other’s reserves, including areas of Russia’s Arctic Kara Sea, which is estimated to hold 36 billion barrels of oil. Environmentalists worry that oil exploration will destroy fragile Arctic ecosystems and warn that the Arctic’s remoteness, sub-zero temperaturess, ice floes, and high winds could lead to ruinous spills. The detained activists face fines of up to 1,000 roubles, or $34.

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