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Greenpeace Activists Attack Russian Tanker in Port of Hamburg

© AP Photo / Marten van Dijl, GreenpeaceMikhail Ulyanov oil tanker
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Greenpeace activists attacked the Russian tanker ‘Mikhail Ulyanov’ while it was moored in the port of Hamburg.

Greenpeace activists in rubber boats and the sailboat "Beluga-2" came face to face with the Russian tanker ‘Mikhail Ulyanov’ in the port of Hamburg. For almost a year the Russian tanker transported raw crude from the oil platform “Prirazlomnaya,” which is an Arctic offshore rig located in the Pechora Sea, south of Novaya Zemlya, Russia.

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The activists literally “attacked” the Russian tanker “Mikhail Ulyanov” reported environmental organization.

"Greenpeace once again is holding a protest against Arctic oil production. In the port of Hamburg activists in rubber boats and sailboats Beluga-2 came really close to the tanker ‘Mikhail Ulyanov’, which for almost a year transported raw materials from the platform ‘Prirazlomnaya’,” read the environmental statement.

Allegedly the activists put on banners with slogans on the tanker.

According to environmentalists, the 257-meter tanker was in Hamburg for repairs and is now headed back to the Arctic. According to their estimates, within a year the tanker will deliver 350 thousand tons of Arctic oil to the Netherlands.

It is not the first time that environmental organizations are holding protests near the tanker "Mikhail Ulyanov." Back in May 2014, around 80 activists attempted to stop the tanker when it was in the port of Rotterdam, delivering its first batch of Arctic oil.

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On September 18, 2013, Greenpeace activists attempted to climb onto the platform "Prirazlomnaya" to demonstrate against oil drilling in the Arctic. In response, the Russian Coast Guard seized control of the ship and detained the activists. The ship was subsequently towed by a coastguard vessel to the Russian Arctic port of Murmansk.

All 30 activists were arrested. A criminal case was initiated on charges of piracy, but then it was changed to "hooliganism." In December 2014, the activists were released on amnesty which marked the 20th anniversary of Russian constitution.

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