Russian investigators deny visa to one of Arctic Sunrise crewmembers - lawyer
The Russian Investigative Committee has rejected an application for a Russian entry-visa from one of the Greenpeace activists detained onboard the vessel Arctic Sunrise.
"We have only one reply from the Investigative Committee. It was negative. It is not important whom it concerns. The other [replies] will be the same," Andrei Suchkov, a lawyer for the detained environmentalists, told Interfax on Friday.
The St. Petersburg branch of the Federal Migration Service said earlier that it would be able to issue transit visas to the Greenpeace activists only with the investigators' consent.
The Russian Coast Guard stopped the Arctic Sunrise vessel operated by Greenpeace in the Pechora Sea on September 19 after some environmentalists attempted to protest against oil extraction on the Prirazlomnaya drilling platform.
The Arctic Sunrise was towed to Murmansk on September 24. It was carrying a crew composed of thirty citizens of several countries, including three Russian citizens.
The environmentalists were accused of piracy and sentenced to two months in custody. The Investigations Committee later reclassified their actions as hooliganism. Initially, all detainees were kept in detention facilities in Murmansk. They were transferred to St. Petersburg on November 12.
On November 18-28, St. Petersburg courts released the Arctic Sunrise crewmembers on two million rubles ($60,500) bail each.
The icebreaker was seized and is currently in the Murmansk port.