Footage shows Russians boarding Greenpeace vessel

Friday 08 November 2013 21.11
30 people were arrested on board the Arctic Sunrise ship in September
30 people were arrested on board the Arctic Sunrise ship in September

Newly-released footage shows the moment the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, was boarded and seized by Russian security agents in September.

Greenpeace international activists and crew are seen responding peacefully with arms raised, before their vessel was towed to the port of Murmansk.

Meanwhile, Russia has accused the Netherlands of "inaction" for not preventing the protest at the Russian Arctic oil rig in which 30 people were arrested.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has said the Netherlands was to blame because the Greenpeace icebreaker involved was registered in Amsterdam.

The protest on 18 September off the Russian Arctic coast against oil drilling there, has strained relations between Moscow and The Hague.

Russia previously said it had repeatedly asked the Netherlands to halt the Greenpeace protest before its own coastguards intervened.

The West has criticised what it sees as Russia's heavy-handed treatment of the activists.

They are awaiting trial in Russia on hooliganism charges that carry a maximum jail sentence of seven years.

Russia has refused to take part in a hearing at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, in which the Netherlands is seeking the release of the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists from pre-trial detention.

Keywords: greenpeace, russia