Italian diplomat to meet Greenpeace protestor held by Russia
Cristian D'Alessandro in group facing piracy charges24 September, 11:59
Greenpeace is campaigning against the drilling for oil in the Artic.
Investigators said in a statement Tuesday that the protestors may face piracy charges, carrying a penalty of up to 15 years in jail, for threatening environmental damage and violating Russian sovereignty.
Deputy Consul Francesco Cimellaro is among around 16 diplomats who are in Murmansk or on their way ahead of the arrival of the Greenpeace group.
"We are counting on being able to meet Cristian D'Alessandro today and establishing what his legal position is," Luigi Estero, Italy's consul to St Petersburg, told ANSA. Greenpeace has accused Russia of breaking international law and said its protesters have been denied access to lawyers and consular officials for four days.