Russia 'finds drugs' on Greenpeace ship, new charges loom
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian investigators said on Wednesday several of the 30 Greenpeace activists already charged with piracy over an open-sea protest were set to face new charges for "other grave crimes" after finding drugs on their ship.
The environmental group vehemently denied the charge that their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, had carried illegal drugs, calling the allegation a "smear".
The Investigative Committee said the authorities had found "narcotic substances" on the Dutch-flagged Arctic Sunrise detained by Russia after Greenpeace activists staged a protest against Arctic oil drilling last month.
They added that some of the equipment on the vessel was of "dual purpose" and "could have been used not just for ecological purposes". Russian security services seized control of the icebreaker and towed it into Murmansk nearly 2,000km north of Moscow and above the Arctic Circle.