11 Nobel Laureates Urge Putin To Drop Piracy Charges Against Activists
"MOSCOW -- Eleven Nobel Peace Prize laureates urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to drop piracy charges against 30 people detained over a Greenpeace protest last month at an Arctic oil rig."
"The piracy charges, punishable by up to 15 years' jail, appear aimed at sending a message that Moscow will not tolerate attempts to disrupt its development of the resource-rich Arctic.
Russian authorities have ordered the activists to remain in pre-trial detention until Nov. 24 and the courts have already denied bail to 16 of them. Hearings for the remaining activists are expected in the coming days."
SEE ALSO:Source: Reuters, 10/18/2013