While I wouldn't ask for anyone to be thrown into durance vile in Murmansk, there is a whole wing of the Green movement that is all about "direct action". Earth First! and the Earth Liberation Front immediately spring to mind, with repeated examples of economic terrorism employed for The Cause. The TV show "Whale Wars" showed what can only be described as acts of piracy on the high seas, that would have had His Majesty's fleet hanging the perpetrators from a yardarm a short century ago.
Nowadays, it's far too photogenic for that sort of action. Except in Russia.
"Many of them are in a state close to shock," she told AFP after visiting the prisoners. "They had never expected that they would face such consequences for their peaceful protest in a democratic state."Hmmm ... peaceful? Assaulting a drilling rig in the Arctic Circle? After all, what could possibly go wrong? Err, other than the whole thing might explode and sink with all hands into the frigid waters?
There is a reason that piracy laws became internationally recognized. The reason is that people died before countries cracked down on pirates. The fact that Greenpeace thinks that they should be allowed to engage in the same sort of acts of hijack for their own political purposes - as opposed to, say, Mohammed Farah Idid - says that the Tragedy Of The Commons is strong in their organization. Quite frankly, that's very likely why the Russian Government is reacting the way they are.
Awesome or not, here's how it's going to play out: the Greenpeace protesters will be tried in Russia for acts of piracy. They will be convicted, and sentenced to death. The Russian Government will have "informal" discussions with the leaders of Greenpeace who will pay what amounts to a substantial (perhaps $100M) ransom to have their people freed. If they don't pay, Putin will act the statesman, commuting the death sentences to 30 years hard labor in Siberia.
And Greenpeace will never again touch anything Russian. The Pasha of Tripoli could explain to Greenpeace why that was the inevitable outcome.