Russia ordered to compensate Greenpeace in Arctic Sunrise case

2015-08-25 13:11
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The Hague - International environmental campaigners Greenpeace on Tuesday welcomed a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that said Russia must pay them compensation for boarding their ship the Arctic Sunrise.

"We knew that the boarding was illegal, but this is a reconfirmation [of that fact]," Greenpeace Netherlands activist Faiza Oulahsen said on Tuesday.

The ruling late on Monday stated that Russia had violated international law when it boarded the Dutch flag-carrying Arctic Sunrise in September 2013 and arrested the crew during a protest against a Russian oil platform in the Arctic.

Russia charged the crew with piracy, but later pardoned them.

The court ordered Russia to pay compensation, the level of which would be set at a later date.

The Netherlands is seeking more than $8m on behalf of Greenpeace.

Russia had earlier rejected the arbitration process.

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