We told you recently that Russian law enforcement suggested Greenpeace activists violated anti-piracy laws when they scaled the country's first offshore drilling rig. And we told you that even President Vladimir Putin scoffed at the notion that the activists were "pirates" -- given that they were obviously protesters, not looters.
But the cops have persisted, charging all 30 aboard the Greenpeace ship, including journalists, with piracy -- a crime that could see them each jailed for up to 15 years.
On Tuesday, a Russian court denied bail to three accused Russians, including a freelance journalist, during a hearing. Protesters from other countries are due to receive their days in court later this week. From Reuters:
Greenpeace says the piracy charges against the activists and crew members are absurd and unfounded and that the conditions of detention have in some cases violated their rights.