Russia to charge Greenpeace activists

Oct 01, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT
In this image made available by Greenpeace on Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013, 2013, the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, right, is anchored side by side with the Russian Coast Guard Ship in the Kolskii gulf, near Murmansk, Russia on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. The investigators said the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, had violated the 500-meter security zone around the platform and that it was carrying equipment whose purpose was still unclear. (AP Photo/Greenpeace)
(AP Photo/Greenpeace)

MOSCOW (AP) — Greenpeace says it expects some of its activists detained for a protest at a Russian oil platform to be charged as early as Wednesday.

It is not clear whether investigators still plan to charge them with piracy, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The Russian Coast Guard seized a Greenpeace ship and all 30 people on board following the Sept. 18 protest at an offshore platform in the Arctic owned by Russian state-controlled energy giant Gazprom.

The activists, from 18 countries, are all in custody in the northern city of Murmansk.

Greenpeace spokeswoman Anna Smirnova told The Associated Press on Tuesday that investigators have informed lawyers for some of the activists that the charges will presented on Wednesday and Thursday.