U.S., Russia Agree On Syria U.N. Chemical Arms Measure
The ecological campaigners endangered the security of workers and property at OAO Gazprom (GAZP) s oil rig and resisted Coast Guard officials, the Investigative Committee in Moscow said on its website today. Charges will be filed shortly, the law-enforcement agency said, without specifying further. Russian investigators have opened a criminal case against 30 Greenpeace activists from 18 countries for piracy, a charge that carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. They were remanded in custody at the end of last week for two months in the port city of Murmansk. This case is unpredictable and its hard to make any forecasts, Vladimir Chuprov, head of the energy program of Greenpeaces Russian branch, said today by phone. But they seem to be backing away from the piracy charge and desperately looking for something else to accuse the activists of. Greenpeace protesters scaled a Gazprom rig in the Pechora Sea on Sept. 18. The state-owned company has accused the environmental organization of endangering the lives of workers on the rig who were underwater at the time of the protest action. Russias Coast Guard boarded Greenpeaces Arctic Sunrise ship in international waters on Sept. 19, a day after two protesters scaled the rig, and towed the vessel to Murmansk. Gazprom plans to become the first Russian company to start producing oil in Arctic waters at the Prirazlomnoye deposit as soon as this year. Greenpeace activists scaled the same drilling platform in 2012. The detained activists include citizens of the U.S., Finland , Argentina , Switzerland, the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark , the Netherlands, New Zealand , Ukraine, Russia, France, Italy, Turkey , Poland and Sweden, according to Greenpeace. To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at firstname.lastname@example.org To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at email@example.com More News:
defends the law as part of a promotion of family values in Russia and the protection of children. ???We have to defend the future of our children,??? said Milonov, who has children aged four and one. He railed against the legalisation of gay marriage in some European countries, describing it as a ???symptom of an illness in society, a spiritual degradation???. ???Ninety-five percent of Russians are against gay marriage. Gays do not have any support in Russian society.??? ???We could say that paedophilia is a sexual choice we could say that murder is one way to survive. But truth is truth and we cannot change the way things are. Homosexuality is not normal, I???m sorry.??? Milonov???s rants against homosexuals would see him outcast as an extremist in European societies but in Russia they fall in line with an increasingly conservative political trend. President Vladimir Putin this month put the gay propaganda law firmly in the context of Russia???s shrinking population, implying that Russia wanted to avoid encouraging homosexuality in order to bolster the birthrate. ???Russia and European countries have a big problem, the birth rate is low, Europeans are dying out.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that his country was ready to help guard Syrian chemical weapons sites and destroy Assad’s stockpiles but would not ship any of the chemical arms to Russia for destruction. FRAGMENTED OPPOSITION The head of the opposition Syrian Supreme Military Council cut short a visit to France on Thursday and said he would head to Syria on Friday for talks with rebel brigades that broke with the Western-backed coalition. General Salim Idris, who commands the coalition’s military wing known as the Free Syrian Army, or FSA, said he would meet with fighters from the 13 groups that rejected on Tuesday the authority of the Turkey-based coalition. The rebel groups, including at least three considered to be under the FSA umbrella, called on Tuesday for the rebel forces to be reorganized under an Islamic framework and to be run only by groups fighting inside Syria. Thousands of Syrian rebels have broken with the Western-backed coalition and called for a new Islamist front, undermining international efforts to build up a pro-Western military force to replace Assad. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Syrian refugee, Ahmed al Delly, 59, from Daraa in Syria, reacts as he speaks about his wife, four sons, and two daughters, who are still in Daraa but he has had no contact with them, after the prayer of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Zaatari Syrian refugee camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (AP photo/Mohammad Hannon) This image provided by Shaam News Network on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show mourners next to bodies of victims of an attack on Ghouta, Syria on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network) This image provided by by Shaam News Network on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show several bodies being buried in a suburb of Damascus, Syria during a funeral on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network) Columns of smoke rising from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood in west Damascus, in Cairo, Syria, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.