Finnish and Norwegian environmental activists were detained in Apatity
Police detained 14 Finnish and Norwegian environmental activists in the Russian city of Apatity, Murmansk Oblast, on 6 August 2008, Sobkorr.ru reported.
According to the Murmansk-based environmentalist organisation, Priroda i Molodyozh (Nature & Youth), the activists were taking part in protests against Russian gas giant Gazprom’s and Shtokman Development AG’s plan to build a gas pipeline through Khibiny Mountains near Apatity in the Kola Peninsula.
The gas pipeline will extend from Gazprom’s Shtokman field in the Barents Sea to the city of Volkhov. The environmental activists presented their demands for Khibiny Mountains to be declared a nature conversation area to the city administration of Apatity, Gazprom, and Shtokman Development AG.
The demonstration was sanctioned by the authorities. Nevertheless, the police detained the Finnish and Norwegian activists and handed them over to the Russian immigration authorities. Priroda i Molodyozh organised the protest together with the Finnish Nature League and Norway’s Natur og Ungdom.