Russia Says Drugs Seized on Greenpeace Ship as New Charges Loom
His gaze cold and calculating, he kept Povetkin at bay with his trademark left jab. By the seventh round the Russian’s face was a puffy, discolored mass. As Klitschko danced away on the long, perfect legs of a Greek Olympian or arrogantly leaned on his rival, Povetkin huffed and puffed, struggling to get in a heavy punch and maybe get lucky. In the seventh round, Klitschko knocked Povetkin down again and again, raining punches on his head. The stubborn Russian was reeling but would not give up. From the eighth round on, Klitschko appeared to be showing respect for the pretender’s fighting spirit, and for the capacity crowd at Moscow’s Olimpiisky arena. The Ukrainian champion was content to parry Povetkin’s chaotic attacks, still getting in that biting jab from time to time. In the final tally, Klitschko landed 139 punches on Povetkin’s head to the Russian Warrior’s 31. The Ukrainian was declared winner by unanimous decision. Klitschko, looking as if he had hardly broken a sweat, tried to be gracious after his successful title defense was confirmed. “Alexander boxed to the last like a warrior, and I thank him for that,” he said into a microphone. “This is sports, and the stronger man wins.” Boos and whistles drowned out his words: To many in the audience, it had been much more than sports. Recriminations started immediately afterward. Nikolai Valuev, a former heavyweight champion turned pro-Putin parliament deputy, accused Klitschko of fighting dirty. Prominent Russian Orthodox clergyman Dimitri Pershin said Povetkin had lost because he had betrayed Christianity by showing too much interest in the ancient pagan gods of the Slavs.
Investigators are also trying to determine who among the campaigners was responsible for trying to ram into Russias Coast Guard craft, endangering the life of officials, the Investigative Committee said in a website statement today. The detention of 28 activists and two journalists from 18 countries has provoked a diplomatic row as the Netherlands seeks to force Russia to release the Dutch-registered ship and its crew through international arbitration. Two Greenpeace protesters scaled OAO Gazprom (GAZP) s Prirazlomnoye rig in the Pechora Sea on Sept. 18. A day later Russias Coast Guard boarded the groups Arctic Sunrise ship in international waters and towed the vessel to Murmansk. We can only assume the Russian authorities are referring to the medical supplies that our ships are obliged to carry under maritime law, Greenpeace said in an e-mailed statement. The ship was first searched by Russian officers weeks ago, they scoured every corner of it, so we assume this announcement is designed to deflect attention from the growing global outrage over the continued imprisonment of the detainees. Adding to the tensions with the Netherlands, President Vladimir Putin yesterday demanded a Dutch apology after police arrested a Russian diplomat in The Hague and allegedly beat him in front of his family, according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry in Moscow. The Netherlands today said the envoys diplomatic immunity had been violated and offered its apologies over the incident, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. Arctic Sunrise Two citizens of the Netherlands are among the Greenpeace activists in custody in the port city of Murmansk and their boat, Arctic Sunrise, is Dutch-registered. The countrys authorities said Oct. 4 that they had started arbitration on the basis of the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea, a decision Greenpeace said it applauds. Russian investigators said they found morphine and opium straw onboard the ship as well as dual-use equipment that may have been intended for other than ecological purposes. Greenpeace Internationals executive director, Kumi Naidoo, sent a letter to Putin asking for a meeting and offered to come to Russia and make himself a personal guarantor of the groups activists if they are released on bail, according to an e-mailed statement. Gazprom plans to become the first Russian company to start producing oil in Arctic as soon as this year. Greenpeace activists scaled the same drilling platform in 2012. To contact the reporters on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at firstname.lastname@example.org ; Stepan Kravchenko in Moscow at email@example.com To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at firstname.lastname@example.org More News: