Greenpeace asks Letta to call Putin over detained campaigner
Protester held in Russia facing hooliganism charges25 October, 16:38
Letta now has to '' send out a strong signal'', said Ivan Novelli, asking the premier to call Putin.
Novelli was speaking at a press conference with the parents of Italian activist Cristian D'Alessandro, who was among 30 environmentalists arrested on a ship on September 19 after two of the campaigners tried to climb Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya platform, Russia's first offshore Arctic oil platform.
Russia on Wednesday dropped piracy charges against the 30 activists and replaced them with a lesser offense, hooliganism, thus cutting the maximum jail sentence they could face from 15 to seven years. Thanking Foreign Minister Emma Bonino and her staff for their support since D'Alessandro's arrest, the president of Greenpeace Italy said November 24, the time limit of the group's preventive detention measure, will be key in the case. On November 26, Novelli said, ''an EU-Russia summit has been scheduled and we hope the problem will be solved by then''.
He also stressed hooliganism charges were ''groundless and defamatory to Greenpeace''.