Quebec calls out Russia on Greenpeace arrests
MONTREAL - Quebec is calling out the Russian government in the case of Greenpeace activists arrested during a protest last month.
Jean-Francois Lisee, the Parti Quebecois government's minister of international relations, is asking for clemency in the case of a Quebec resident held in Russian prison.
Lisee attended a Saturday night vigil organized for the 30 people charged with piracy for the protest at a Russian oil platform in the Arctic.
The crew of the seized Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise includes Alexandre Paul of Montreal and Paul Ruzycki of Port Colborne, Ontario.
They could each face a 15-year prison term.
Paul's mother, who was also at the protest, has urged the federal government to get more involved.
Greenpeace denies any wrongdoing and describes the charges as absurd.