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Russia: ‘Hooliganism’ charges do not apply to peaceful Greenpeace protest

Headline Title:  Russia: ‘Hooliganism’ charges do not apply to peaceful Greenpeace protest 24 October 2013 The new “hooliganism” charges levelled against crew members involved in last month’s Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise protest in Russian waters are inappropriate and should be dropped, Amnesty International said today.  In a statement on Wednesday, Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee said that it was dropping the piracy charges originally brought against the activists and replacing them with charges of “hooliganism”. The maximum punishment under Russian law is seven years’…

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