Published: 1 Jun 2014 | By Sergei Golubok

Illegally Apprehended, Unlawfully detained – the Arctic 30


In September 2013, thirty individuals of eighteen different nationalities (the ‘Arctic 30’) were detained by agents of the Russian Federal Security Service while protesting about oil exploration and drilling at the Russian Gazprom Prirazlomnaya drilling platform in the international waters of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Russian Federation in the Pechora Sea. Their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, was boarded and towed to Murmansk, where the activists were detained in custody for two months under investigation for piracy. In March 2014 they applied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) complaining that their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) had been violated by the Russian authorities.

To read in full about the case, please follow the link below.

Photo by Osvaldo Gago.