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October 28, 2013

I Wonder What They Expected?

I remember reading about these guys last month.

"MOSCOW – The environmentalist group Greenpeace says two of its activists have been arrested after climbing onto an oil platform in Russia's Arctic waters. It claims warning shots were fired across the organization's ship."

I know (but don't agree) that ignoring US borders is generally consequence-free, however, the vast majority of the world's countries look down their collective noses at such actions....especially if all you're there for in the first place is to pick a fight.

A couple weeks later, as I read a follow-up article

"The environmentalists were detained last month as Greenpeace's boat, the Arctic Sunrise, sailed towards the Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Pechora Sea. Two activists attempted to board the rig, and Russian border guards intervened, descending on to the boat from helicopters. They later forcefully towed the Arctic Sunrise back to Murmansk."

I commented to MH that I didn't think they were going to enjoy the Russian prison system. To which he added, "I don't think they'll enjoy the accomodations either with winter coming."
"Geneva (AFP) - Three of the Greenpeace activists held in Russia following a protest against Arctic drilling have given an insight into their detention conditions in comments published Sunday, with one complaining he was kept in isolation in a cold cell.
'The solitude is weighing on me and I am miserable,' Swiss activist Marco Weber, 28, said in a letter published by the SonntagsZeitung and Le Matin Dimanche weeklies."

That's unusual.
It's closing in on early winter now, (when isn't it in northern Russian?) shirley the heat's been cranked on for at least a month...
"Weber said he had to remain huddled up in his winter jacket to try to keep warm in the unheated cell, and his feet were cold."

Oh....well, hmmmm.
The food, naturally, completely meets your specific dietary wants and desires, though, right?
"Bryan complained about the food -- lunch was a soup and fish stew that 'tastes like an ashtray full of seawater' -- and admitted his disappointment when the 'chicken' he had looked forward to turned out to be inedible pigeon."

Yeah,...no. So, all in all, you're sitting in a tiny cell, eating crappy food, there's no heat and you get one hour to exercise a day.....hmmmm, sounds to me like you're...
wait for it...
in prison.
In Russia.
What did you expect?

Posted by DL Sly at October 28, 2013 09:01 PM

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There's something wrong with that story. I thought winter wasn't going to be cold any more?

Posted by: Texan99 at October 28, 2013 11:07 PM

Novosibirsk? Check.
October Cold? Check.
Bad Housing? Check.
Bad Food? Check.

Heck I was an invited guest and I thought some of it was pretty bad.

Except the Vodka. Lots of vodka...

Posted by: Allen at October 29, 2013 12:42 AM

No beet? No wonder you didn't feel like an invited guest.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 29, 2013 12:57 AM

" I thought winter wasn't going to be cold any more?"

Well, *technically*, Russia is always cold even in the middle of summer.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 29, 2013 01:03 AM

Hopefully Ed Snowdon's enjoying his all-expenses-paid vacation there.

Posted by: Cass at October 29, 2013 08:56 AM

I hope they enjoy cabbage soup served cold from the local McGulag.

Posted by: vet66 at October 29, 2013 06:22 PM

Russia is a grim place filled, sort of . . . it's a huge mostly empty country, filled w/ grim people.

I like the greenpeace people like I like bunnies; often quite cute, usually very stupid and requiring the care and support of others for life's necessities.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at October 29, 2013 08:14 PM

"Hopefully Ed Snowdon's enjoying his all-expenses-paid vacation there."

Well, given his "anti-American" status, I'm sure he's getting his full beet ration.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 29, 2013 10:23 PM

Poor cry-baby greenpeace environ-control freakazoids. They can dish it out but they can't take it. They take a protest sign to a gunfight and expect the other side to be "Fair". They have this attitude that Gandhi peacefully protested India's freedom why can't they. They forget that Gandhi protested in the Britiah Empire that has respect for dissent and the rule of law. Gandhi would have lasted two days in the Soviet Union.

Posted by: Blick at November 1, 2013 02:37 PM