Greenpeace activists storm Russian oil rig

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Aug. 24, 2012, 10:09 a.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo, right, and Greenpeace Russian energy researcher Vladimir Chuprov, left, speak at a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. Greenpeace and the World Wide Fund for Nature unveiled a report on Tuesday they have commissioned to assess risks of an oil spill in the Pechora Sea in Russia’s Arctic where state-owned Gazprom is currently prospecting for oil.
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MOSCOW — Greenpeace says that its activists have stormed a floating oil rig in Russia'sPechora Sea to protest oil drilling in the Arctic. 

Greenpeace said in a statement Friday that six activists boarded the Prirazlomnaya platform early Friday morning and remain on the rig. They set off in inflatable speedboats from their ship and scaled the platform with mooring lines.

The platform is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Russian energy giant Gazprom, which is pioneering Russia's oil drilling in the Arctic. Gazprom was not immediately available for comment.

Russian and international environmentalists have warned that drilling in the Russian Arctic could have disastrous consequences because of a lack of technology and infrastructure to deal with a possible spill in a remote region with massive icebergs and heavy storms. 

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