The ship Arctic Sunrise activists Greenpeace



World news: “Greenpeace” decision of the arbitration welcomed .

Arbitration at the Permanent court of arbitration in the Hague ruled that Russia must pay to the Netherlands compensation in the amount of 5.4 million euros for the detention of the vessel Arctic Sunrise activists Greenpeace in the autumn of 2013. About it reports the Russian service of the BBC.

Now more than 1.6 million euros Moscow should pay as compensation caused to the ship damage, another 3 million euros for material and immaterial damage caused by aboard people, 625 thousand euros for advances on payment of the arbitration costs, as well as 13.5 thousand euros for costs incurred by the Netherlands in connection with the issuance of the Bank guarantee.

In addition, according to the decision, Russia shall pay interest on all these amounts. In “Greenpeace” decision of the arbitration welcomed.

“The road to justice was long, but the decision of the Tribunal affirms the rule of law and the right to peaceful protest at sea, including against oil extraction in the Arctic,” said senior legal counsel of Greenpeace international Jasper Teulings.

The publication explains that the command of the Dutch vessel Arctic Sunrise were detained by Russian authorities on 19 September 2013, after attempting to hold a protest at the oil platform in the Barents sea. The ship was towed to Murmansk, 30 people aboard were arrested. Initially they were charged with piracy, but later the charges were changed to hooliganism.

In November 2013 members of the team Arctic Sunrise have been released on bail of 2 million rubles, and at the end of December of the same year, they fell under the Amnesty declared in connection with the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution. In June 2014 the ship Arctic Sunrise was released, and in August it returned to Amsterdam.

“Arbitration proceedings in connection with the detention of Arctic Sunrise was initiated by the Netherlands in October 2013. To the arbitration panel included representatives from Australia, the Netherlands, Poland, Mexico and Ghana”, – stated in the material.

A decision on the merits, the court in the Hague ruled in August 2015, ruling that Russia had violated its obligations under the UN Convention on the law of the sea, making boarding, research, inspection, arrest, detention and seizure of the Arctic Sunrise without the prior consent of the Netherlands, as well as making the arrest, detention and initiation of legal proceedings against 30 people who were aboard the vessel. However, if the arbitration has postponed the issue of determining the amount of compensation and interest to a later stage of the proceedings.