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Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg : The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30
by Ben Stewart


Overview - Russia's oil rigs to move north. But one early September morning in 2013 thirty men and women from eighteen countries--the crew of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise --decide to draw a line in the ice and protest the drilling in the Arctic.

Thrown together by a common cause, they are determined to stop Putin and the oligarchs.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Russia's oil rigs to move north. But one early September morning in 2013 thirty men and women from eighteen countries--the crew of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise--decide to draw a line in the ice and protest the drilling in the Arctic.

Thrown together by a common cause, they are determined to stop Putin and the oligarchs. But their protest is met with brutal force as Putin's commandos seize the Arctic Sunrise. Held under armed guard by masked men, they are charged with piracy and face fifteen years in Russia's nightmarish prison system.

Ben Stewart--who spearheaded the campaign to release the Arctic 30--tells an astonishing tale of passion, courage, brutality, and survival. With wit, verve, and candor, he chronicles the extraordinary friendships the activists made with their often murderous cellmates, their battle to outwit the prison guards, and the struggle to stay true to the cause that brought them there.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781620971093
  • ISBN-10: 1620971097
  • Publisher: New Press
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Greenpeace activist Stewart uses the recollections and diaries of the “Arctic 30,” as well as his involvement in the struggle to free them, to piece together a stirring narrative of protest and government oppression. In September 2013, Greenpeace carried out a protest against Russian oil drilling in the Arctic. The action was peaceful in nature but disruptive to Russian oil conglomerate Gazprom, which has close ties to president Vladimir Putin. As a result, the 30 protesters involved were arrested by Spetnaz (Russian commandos), taken to the high-security prison Murmansk SIZO-1, and charged with piracy. While incarcerated, they developed an intricate understanding of the ways fellow prisoners circumvent the system. Meanwhile, an international movement arose demanding their release and calling attention to the problems of climate change. Readers will quickly empathize with both the dedicated Greenpeace veterans and the less experienced activists who did not realize what they were getting into. Anyone curious about the contemporary state of environmental resistance or the Russian state will feel amply rewarded by this tale, as well as chastened about where we’re taking the planet. Agent: David Godwin, David Godwin Associates. (May)

 
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