Denis Sinyakov, a freelance photographer based in Moscow and represented by Redux Pictures, was among the 30 people detained by Russian authorities after they seized the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise. According to The New York Times, Russia’s Federal Security Service boarded the ship on Thursday, September 19, after two activists climbed an oil rig as part of a protest near the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea. The Arctic Sunrise was then towed to the Russian port city of Murmansk.
Greenpeace released a statement earlier today condemning the ruling of Russian courts to remand 22 of the detained people, including Sinyakov, for up to two months “pending an investigation into piracy charges.” The remaining eight people will be held for three days while they wait for a new hearing. In the same statement, Greenpeace called the piracy charges “unjustified,” and noted the protest was peaceful, in international waters and meant to raise awareness of the oil industry’s environmental exploitation of the Arctic. They have dubbed the detained activists the “Arctic 30.”
Reporters Without Borders noted that a judge ruled on Thursday to detain Sinyakov for two months because he travels abroad frequently and therefore “might try to elude authorities.”
Greenpeace has been posting frequent updates on the situation on its website, greenpeace.org, and many American and international news organizations are reporting on the story.