Over 2.5 million emails have been sent to Russian embassies around the world
received a reply from the Russian embassy in London in response to the
thousands of emails sent in support of the Arctic 30. It's a shame they didn't
respond to everyone personally, but any response is always welcome.
It's a short
letter from press secretary Artem Kozhin and a much longer Q&A-style
document which sets out the Russian government's position, but naturally it's
not one that I, or anyone else here, agrees with.
Here are the
main claims and allegations, and details on why they're unfounded.
What a month for the Big 6! Whether cuts to energy efficiency measures, a
green light for unabated coal burning, fracking tax breaks that lock in the
UK’s reliance on gas, or the multi-billion pound
windfall due to companies like EDF and Centrica from an unchanged carbon floor
price, the energy giants have won another round at the expense of ordinary
In my family I am known as the one who always sends emails about
campaigns and petitions. I suppose I am a campaigner so that is not a
newsflash! Luckily my loved ones are very obliging and lovely and do sign up to
almost everything I send them. However I know in my heart of hearts that really
my aunts and uncles would love a little more often to receive a personal
message from me, with an update on how I am and what I am up to, rather than a
petition to sign.
Please write to West Sussex County Council and tell them to refuse permission for Celtique to explore for oil and gas in Wisborough Green. If hundreds of us raise our objections, the council will have to consider them - we hope they will see sense and turn down the application.
Amazing news! This morning Colin Russell was in court in St Petersburg to appeal the decision that he should not be released on bail. Not even four minutes after we learned that his hearing had started, news came that Colin had been granted bail.
It's dark in Murmansk. A railway security guard yawns, his breath visible in the frigid air, and waves through one of the workers arriving for the early morning shift. He barely glances at him.
Had the guard looked closer, he might have noticed that the worker's face was unfamiliar; that his fluorescent vest wasn't railway issue but bought in a hardware store — that his Valenki boots were brand new. And had he looked in his bag, he might have wondered why instead of ironworking tools there was nothing but a camera with a long lens.
These last few days in Russia have been awash in joyful news. At time of writing, 26 of the Arctic 30 have been granted bail, though sadly one has bafflingly been denied bail and given three more months of pre-trial detention.