UPDATE 1-Russian courts order activists held over Arctic oil protest

Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:38pm EDT
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* Activists, crew of Greenpeace ship denied bail

* Thirty activists face hearings over protest at oil platform

* Investigators have opened piracy case

* Six arrested in Bulgaria protest against Gazprom's Arctic plans

By Steve Gutterman

MOSCOW, Sept 26 (Reuters) - A Russian court on Thursday ordered 14 Greenpeace activists and a photographer to be held in custody for two months pending further investigation over a protest against offshore Arctic oil drilling, drawing criticism from the environmental group.

The 15 detainees, who had been among 30 people aboard a Greenpeace ship used to stage the protest at the Prirazlomnaya oil platform, were denied bail by judges in the northern city of Murmansk, Greenpeace and Russian media said.

Seven others were ordered held for three days, and eight were still awaiting hearings late on Thursday evening.

All 30 were detained last week aboard the icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, which was seized by Russian coast guards after two activists tried to scale the Barents Sea oil rig owned by state-controlled Gazprom on Sept. 18.   Continued...