Russia charges Greenpeace activists with hooliganism
RUSSIA has dropped piracy charges against 30 Greenpeace activists, reportedly charging them with hooliganism instead.
BBC News reports the new charge has a maximum penalty of seven years rather than 15.
A Greenspeace vessel was seized by Russian forces after trying to infiltrate an off-short oil platform, resulting in the arrest of 30 people include two freelance journalists.
Bail applications have so far been refused.