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Imprisoned Greenpeace activists moved to St. Petersburg
Kresty prison, completed in 1893, is now called "Investigative Isolator No. 1 of the Administration of the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments for the city of Saint Petersburg" This is where some of the Arctic Sunrise activists will now be held.
After 55 days in a Russian prison North of the Arctic circle, Greenpeace activists arrested 2 months ago will be moved to St. Petersburg. One of the prisons that will hold them is the infamous Kresty, where political prisoners have been held through the decades. Completed under the reign of Alexander III in 1893, it is part of the dismal legacy of Romanov family. Like Putin, Alexander was interested most in consolidating power, and reversed liberal reforms of his predecessors.
Early this morning, Ben Ayliffe, Greenpeace International Arctic campaigner, commented: “We don’t yet know if the relocation of these wrongfully accused people will see an improvement in terms of their detention conditions and basic human rights. We are doing everything in our power to ensure that the Arctic 30 are transported in a humane way.”
A publication of the Russian opposition, grani.ru got a photo of a prisoner in the new location, flashing a peace sign. (below)
From a cell of the Kresty prison in St. Petersburg, Russia we see a prisoner flashing the peace sign. Or is it the V for Victory? http://grani.ru/tags/arctic30/m.221124.html