Today, Sir Paul McCartney published a personal letter on his blog addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin in which the ex-Beatle called for the release of the Arctic 30. The Arctic 30—made up of 28 Greenpeace International campaigners and two freelance journalists—were arrested eight weeks ago following a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling.
In his letter, Sir Paul makes a lyrical appeal for the release of the Arctic 30 who remain in detention in St Petersburg, facing charges of piracy and hooliganism, after the demonstration at a Gazprom oil platform in the Pechora Sea. Gazprom plans to start production in the first quarter of 2014 in an area of the Russian Arctic shelf that contains three nature reserves that are protected by law. If the 30 are convicted, the offense of piracy carries a maximum 15 year jail term.
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