November 8. 2013
TELL SHELL AND GAZPROM TO
FREE THE ARCTIC 30
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To Peter Voser, CEO of Shell and other partners of Gazprom
As a key corporate associate, we're asking you to do everything in your power to pressure Gazprom to help free the Arctic 30. For Shell that means breaking the joint venture to drill in the Arctic. Gazprom played a critical role in the illegal arrest and detention of the Arctic 30 and as one of the country’s biggest oil companies, it has considerable influence in Russia. That means you do, too.
When activists attempted to scale energy giant Gazprom’s oil rig on 18 September, the company made a call to Russian special forces to intervene. 24 hours later, armed commandos had illegally boarded our ship the Arctic Sunrise and arrested all 30 people on board, reporting back to Gazprom that “assistance had been provided as requested”. All 30 people are now in prison facing trumped up hooliganism charges.
The silencing of peaceful protest in this way is outrageous. Gazprom clearly has influence with the authorities and it now must step up and help to release the Arctic 30. But it will only do that if it feels pressure from places where it is affected the most: its financial partners.
Gazprom is on the brink of signing an important deal with Shell, who have promised to provide technology and expertise to their Arctic drilling programme. Gazprom also depends on maintaining good relationships with the companies it sells its oil and gas to overseas, which make up a whopping 65% of Russia’s income from exports.
Shell may claim that it has no influence over Gazprom but that's simply not true. It plans to invest millions in Gazprom's Arctic drilling programme, a much needed lifeline for the company which has so far failed to produce even a single drop of oil from its current operation. Gazprom can't afford to risk this partnership and so it will listen to Shell if it speaks out.
It's bad for Shell's reputation, and its business, to be associated with a company that is involved in silencing peaceful protest. So let's ask Shell, and Gazprom's other partners, to put pressure on Gazprom to help free the Arctic 30.
Tell Shell & Gazprom to free the Arctic 30