UPDATE 1-Russia says drugs found on Greenpeace ship, plans new charges

Wed Oct 9, 2013 11:27am EDT
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* Russian investigators say found narcotics aboard arrested Greenpeace ship

* Greenpeace protest targeted Russia's first offshore Arctic oil rig

* Russia wants to tap vast Arctic energy resources, green groups warn of massive risks

By Gabriela Baczynska and Maria Tsvetkova

MOSCOW, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Russian investigators said on Wednesday they had found drugs aboard a Greenpeace ship used in a protest against offshore Arctic drilling and would press new charges against some of the 30 people being held for alleged piracy.

Greenpeace Russia mocked the accusation. "The Investigative Committee 'found' narcotics. We are waiting for it to find an atomic bomb and a striped elephant," it said on Twitter. "This is possible in Russia these days and can hardly surprise anybody."

In addition to drugs, the Investigative Committee said searches of the Arctic Sunrise, which was boarded by Russian coast guards after the Sept. 18 protest at the Prirazlomnaya oil rig, had revealed equipment with potential military uses.

It also said investigators were trying to establish which of those being held were responsible for what it called attempts to ram coast guard boats, endangering the lives of their crew.

"In view of the data obtained while investigating the criminal case, charges ... are expected to be adjusted," the committee said. It said that "a number of detainees will be presented with charges of committing other grave crimes."   Continued...