Greenpeace Friday said 29 activists were being held at gunpoint by Russian security officers who stormed the group’s ship.

The BBC said ‘about 15 men in balaclavas seized the Arctic Sunrise ship in the Barents Sea.’

Activists Thursday tried to occupy a Russian oil platform in a protest against Arctic drilling.

An activist on the ship told the BBC that Greenpeace members were being held in the galley of the Arctic Sunrise and the captain was detained on the bridge.

Two activists with climbing gear scaled the side of Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform Thursday.

The environmental group said then a Russian coastguard ship fired 11 shots across the Greenpeace ship.

The two activists were arrested and are in custody on a Russian coastguard ship, Greenpeace said.

Prirazlomnaya is scheduled to go into production in a few months.

Greenpeace believes the platform is unsafe — an ‘ancient rig [that] was cobbled together from rusting pieces of decommissioned North Sea rigs, which then sat rusting in Russian shipyards for years before being dragged, construction uncompleted, to where it now sits,’ Greenpeace said.


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