Posts Tagged ‘Greenpeace’

  1. Lessons from Net wars

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    March 23, 2014 by AK

    While debating the Meredith Kercher murder case on discussion boards and in comments sections, I came to believe that most pro-guilt, anti-Knox posters were arguing in bad faith. Rather, they are propagandists using a variety of tools: lies, half-truths, misconceptions, smears, innuendo, deflection, whataboutism, projection, bogus moral indignation, appeal to authority, and, of course, trolling. …
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  2. A very particular Soviet green

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    December 11, 2013 by AK

    An interview with the partner of a Greenpeace activist. There are images of cells, painted in a very particular Soviet green, with underwear hanging on string between the sink and the grey bars of the bunk beds, a small table big enough for two people covered with newspaper and some plastic food containers, towels hanging …
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  3. 28 of 29 of 30

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    November 25, 2013 by AK

    As of this afternoon, I believe 29 of the 30 Greenpeace activists from the Arctic Sunrise had been granted bail and 28 had been freed. One Briton was still in jail on a technicality. They can even leave Russia pending trial. Colin Russell, the ship’s radio operator, has been ordered detained for three more month. …
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  4. A name accused of being un-Armenian

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    November 24, 2013 by AK

    Shortly after the Boston marathon bombings, the media reported that the Tsarnaev brothers were brainwashed by an Islamic preacher known as “Misha.” It turned out that Misha was neither Islamic nor a preacher nor a brainwasher. His full name is Mikhail Allakhverdov; his father was Armenian and his mother, Ukrainian; his parents had lived in Baku …
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  5. When in doubt, call them hooligans

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    October 27, 2013 by AK

    Russia has announced that it will be replacing the original piracy charges against the Greenpeace 30 with hooliganism and, for some, resistance to lawful authorities. Hooliganism is becoming a one size fits all charge – unexpectedly linking Pussy Riot and the Greenpeace 30.


  6. The irony of it all

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    October 26, 2013 by AK

    Greenpeace’s Russian lawyers unearthed a curious court ruling dating back to 2009. The Gazprom unit which owns the Prirazlomnaya platform was involved in a dispute with the tax authorities over value added tax (VAT) reimbursement. To get the VAT back, Gazprom had to prove that the platform was not a ship but a stationary installation. …
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  7. Netherlands seeks to free Greenpeace crew and ship via int’l maritime court

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    October 22, 2013 by AK

    The Netherlands’ foreign minister Frans Timmermans said on 4 October that he would launch legal action in an international tribunal to free the Arctic Sunrise and her crew. Yesterday the Netherlands officially lodged the lawsuit with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg (ITLOS). Long overdue, it seems to me. Russian …
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  8. Greenpeace links

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    October 20, 2013 by AK

    1. Article 227 of the Russian Federation criminal code (“Piracy”). 2. Eugene Kontorovich and other law professors and lawyers of the Volokh Conspiracy. 3. An interesting discussion at Opinio Juris. 4. An Australian law professor’s unexpectedly relevant 2012 article – “Can an act of piracy be committed against an offshore installation?” The prof’s name is Russian/Ukrainian but …
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  9. Greenpeace “piracy:” chronicles of Russia’s self-destruction

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    October 5, 2013 by AK

    Back to the 30 Greenpeace activists who have been or are going to be charged with piracy in Murmansk. Once again, the reasons why the charge is absurd under international law have been laid out by prof. Kontorovich (scroll down the archive page) and I have tried to explain why it goes against the Russian …
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  10. Gazprom’s $3-bln platform

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    October 2, 2013 by AK

    Offshore oil production is less than 3% of Russia’s total but Russia has grandiose plans for oil and gas production in the Arctic ocean as well as the Black Sea and the Far Eastern seas. ExxonMobil’s and Shell/s experience operating Sakhalin’s offshore fields seems to position them as the most logical choices for Rosneft/Gazprom’s partners …
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