In February,President Vladimir Putin claimed that Russias Arctic territories are under threat from unnamed powers. Last month, meanwhile, Russia began construction of a new military base in the Arctic,in the New Siberian Island archipelago. Russia didnt crack down on the Greenpeace protests because Greenpeace was trying to bring attention to the potential environmental impacts of hydrocarbon exploration. Putin is clear that Arctic oil and gas will form the basis of Russias future economic prosperity, and thus Russia wants to send the message that anybody who attempts to interfere in its Arctic activities will feel the full legal and political force of the state. Its recent behaviorsuggests that, however unlikely it may be, it will not rule out using military force either. The Kremlin decided long ago that it would act pragmatically in the Arctic — cooperating with the West on issues of mutual interest, and diverging from the West where interests clashed. The West, however, has so far failed to understand that in the Arctic, much like in Syria, Russia acts, first and foremost, in its own interests. For now, international attention is focused on a courtroom in Murmansk. But later this year, it will be on New York, where Russia is expected to re-submit its 2001 application to theUN to extend its continental shelf to include 1.2 million square kilometers of Arctic seabed. It is the outcome of this event that will have the most far-reaching implications for the future of the Arctic. Business editor Derek Thompson looks at how such a simple commodity became as pricey as soda. Video A quick, animated look at at where emissions come from on our planet Video A brief history of technological progress and why it’s not necessarily a bad thing Video Inequality explained in pie charts (made of actual pie) Video Two longtime Atlantic writers hit the runway in their Cirrus plane. Video A quick explainer on monetary policy Video The Eurythmics star discusses insights from her life as a musician, AIDS activist, mother, and more. Video No, seriously, what *is* money?
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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 email@example.com ; Stepan Kravchenko in Moscow at firstname.lastname@example.org To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at email@example.com Greenpeace Activists Detention Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Demonstrators take part in a vigil outside of the Russian Center for Science & Culture in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2013 to protest the arrest of Greenpeace activists by Russian authorities. Demonstrators take part in a vigil outside of the Russian Center for Science & Culture in Washington, D.C.
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Steelhammer, was clad in a red robe with the logo of Interpipe, the metals company of Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk. He walked out to “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Can’t stop, addicted to the shindig, chop top, he says I’m gonna win big.” After Povetkin’s grand entrance, Klitschko’s appeared sarcastic and deliberately Westernized. Then came the national anthems. Jazz singer Jamala belted out the hope-filled Ukrainian song a capella. Iosif Kobzon, a veteran crooner and pro-Putin parliament deputy, delivered a solemn rendition of the Russian one, a pompous, brassy Soviet-era number with new lyrics written during Putin’s reign. “I’m watching a fight for the first time but I cannot root for poor taste, I’m sorry,” Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian opposition activist, wrote on Twitter. “Kobzon, the gold and the hellish music — that’s too much for me as a newbie.” The subsequent fight could hardly bear the weight of all the symbolism. Klitschko, almost four inches taller than his opponent and in strikingly better shape, dominated from the first moment. 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.
What Russia’s Treatment of Greenpeace Activists Reveals About its Arctic Policy
1 hour ago Moscow (AFP) – Russian investigators said Wednesday several of the 30 Greenpeace activists already charged with piracy over their Arctic oil drilling protest were set to face additional charges for “other grave crimes”. The Moscow-based Investigative Committee said the authorities had found “narcotic substances” on the Dutch-flagged Arctic Sunrise ship detained by Russia. They added that some of the equipment on the vessel was of “dual purpose” and “could have been used not just for ecological purposes”. Investigators also said that they were working to determine who exactly “rammed coast guard motor boats on purpose, preventing border guards from fulfilling their duties” and putting their life and health at risk. “Taking into consideration the data received in the course of the investigation of the criminal case, the charge already filed against everyone is set to be adjusted,” the Investigative Committee said. Greenpeace activist Faiza Oulahsen, from the Netherlands, is pictured at the Leninsky district Court “It’s obvious to the investigation that a number of individuals will be charged with committing other grave crimes,” it said. “Also, during the search of the ship narcotic substances have been confiscated — presumably poppy straw and morphine. The origin of these substances and their purpose is also being established.” Greenpeace spokesman Aaron Gray-Block declined immediate comment. Last week, Russian investigators charged the ship’s 30 activists from 18 countries, including a freelance photojournalist and freelance videographer, with piracy which carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison. The activists were last month placed in pre-trial detention for two months. A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the detention of Greenpeace activists in Earlier Wednesday, Greenpeace chief Kumi Naidoo asked for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, saying he was willing to travel to Russia at any moment to secure the activists’ release. “Were our friends to be released on bail, I offer myself as security against the promise that the 28 Greenpeace International activists will answer for their peaceful protest according to the criminal code of Russia,” he said in an open letter to Putin. Putin has said that the activists “of course are not pirates” but his spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said the Kremlin strongman had expressed his personal opinion. Crime & Justice
Russia says some Greenpeace activists to face new charges
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (on the sidelines of an economic summit in Indonesia) that Iran likely wants “more clarity” about the way forward. “Iran probably wants more clarity,” Lavrov said. “More specific steps to be spelled out on the road to the result which we all want to achieve. And I think this will be discussed next week in Geneva, a meeting to which Iran agreed. And to which Iran and three plus three are getting ready in a very constructive mood, as our contacts in New York show.” Kerry said the United States is encouraged by Iran’s recent outreach efforts, but that actions, and not words, are what will make a difference. “So what we need are a set of proposals from Iran that fully disclose how they will show the world that their program is peaceful,” Kerry said. “And we have made it clear that if there are those indicators, the United States and our allies are absolutely prepared to move in appropriate ways to meet their actions. Kerry said Iran has not responded to an offer the P5+1 group made earlier this year, which called for Iran to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent and halt enrichment at one of its nuclear facilities. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday that offer was no longer valid, and that the P5+1 should come to next week’s negotiations with a “new point of view.” Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes and wants the international community to lift a range of sanctions imposed for its refusal to halt enrichment activity. The possible threat of a ballistic missile strike from countries like Iran has led the United States to plan a missile shield in Europe. Russia disagrees with the move, saying the system could neutralize its own strategic missile force and leave it vulnerable to the West. Kerry said Monday it is too early to make determinations about the system as long as the Iranian threat continues. But he said the U.S. and Russia are continuing to talk about the plan and are trying to work out a way that meets the needs of both countries.