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Environmental group Greenpeace said it would hold demonstrations on Friday after the Russian Coast Guard stormed one of its vessels and detained 25 activists.
“The Coast Guard illegally boarded Greenpeace's ship, the Arctic Sunrise,” late on Thursday, the group posted online. “Activists are currently being held at gunpoint.”
“Solidarity actions will be held at the offices of Gazprom and the Russian embassy buildings around the world,” the group said in a Russian-language statement.
Around 15 armed men boarded the boat from a helicopter around 7pm (16.00 GMT), the statement said.
None of the 25 Greenpeace activists, including four Russians, was injured, but the group said it was concerned about their status after radio contact stopped at 9.30pm.
The activists sailed on the Dutch-registered icebreaker to a Russian oil platform in the Pechora Sea to protest against drilling by Russia's state-run oil giant Gazprom.
On Wednesday, five members of the group attempted to storm the Prirazlomnaya oil platform. The protest was thwarted by Russian Coast Guards, who detained two activists from Finland and Switzerland and fired warning shorts at the Arctic Sunrise.
The two were returned to the boat Thursday during the coast guard raid, Greenpeace said.
Greenpeace has said the drilling is using dangerously obsolete equipment in an environmentally sensitive area.
It called on Russia to release the activists and the Arctic Sunrise.
In trying to scale the platform, the activists had acted in a “provocative and life-threatening manner that might lead to an ecological catastrophe,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a note delivered to the Dutch ambassador to Moscow on Wednesday. - Sapa-dpa