Russia ordered to pay damages in Arctic Sunrise case
MOSCOW, August 25 (RAPSI) - The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled that Russia compensate the Dutch side in the Arctic Sunrise ship confiscation case, RIA Novosti reported.
The lawsuit was filed by the Netherlands. The tribunal ruled that the Netherlands is entitled to damages for the loss of the Arctic Sunrise, material and nonmaterial damages of the Arctic 30 group as well as the expenses incurred by the Netherlands while issuing a bank guarantee under an order from the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
Also, the court ruled that Russia return the items confiscated from Arctic Sunrise and, “due to its inability to restore the initial rights in timely manner,” compensate the value to the Netherlands.
The amount of compensation will be decided “at the next step of the trial.”
On September 18, 2013, Greenpeace activists attempted to land on the Prirazlomnaya oil rig to protest oil production in the Arctic. The next day, Russian border officials landed on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise in a helicopter and towed it to Kola Bay. All 30 crew members were arrested.
After the protest on the Prirazlomnaya, a criminal case on piracy was opened. Later, the charges were changed to disorderly conduct. Last December, some activists were released under an amnesty marking 20 years of the Russian Constitution.