11 Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Putin to Free Greenpeace Activists
Twenty-eight Greenpeace activists were arrested last month and charged with piracy after trying to place a Greenpeace banner on a Russian oil platform.
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International pressure on Russia over the arrest of Greenpeace activists Thursday as 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners urged President Vladimir Putin to drop the piracy charges against them.
The 11 laureates made such an appeal in a letter sent to the Russian President, Greenpeace said. The letter, which may hold special significance for the president in light of his recent nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, came just a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her to Putin over the arrest of the activists, and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and Argentinian Foreign Ministry said they would ask Russian authorities to release their citizens.
Twenty-eight Greenpeace activists, as well as a freelance photographer and a videographer, were arrested last month and charged with after trying to place a Greenpeace banner on the Prirazlomnaya oil platform, owned by state-run energy giant Gazprom Neft, to protest in the Arctic.
The case against the multinational crew has attracted international attention, with top Western politicians raising the issue with Russian authorities and people around the world organizing demonstrations in support of the .
“We, like millions of people around the world, are watching this case, to see Russian authorities drop the piracy charges, treat the ’Arctic 30′ in accordance with international law, reaffirm the right to nonviolent protest and its efforts to protecting the Arctic,” Nobel Laureates from 10 countries, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, said in their letter to Putin.
concern (n) a feeling of worry about something
piracy (n) the crime of stealing things from ships while they are sailing
oil drilling (v) the process of perforating the earth’s surface and rock layers to extract fossil fuels, or oil, for energy production
detainee (n) someone who is kept in prison
eager (adj) enthusiastic about something that will happen
rededicate (v) dedicate anew
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