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Russia Charges Greenpeace Activists With Piracy Over Protest

Russia charged 14 Greenpeace activists with piracy over the boarding of an oil platform to protest Arctic drilling in what the group described as its worst crisis since the 1985 bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.

The 14 campaigners, who include citizens of the U.K., U.S., Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Finland and Russia, are among 30 Greenpeace activists who were detained last month over the incident, the organization’s press service said in a text message today. They’re under investigation for piracy, a charge that carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.