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The ecological campaigners endangered the security of workers and property at OAO Gazprom (GAZP) s oil rig and resisted Coast Guard officials, the Investigative Committee in Moscow said on its website today. Charges will be filed shortly, the law-enforcement agency said, without specifying further. Russian investigators have opened a criminal case against 30 Greenpeace activists from 18 countries for piracy, a charge that carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. They were remanded in custody at the end of last week for two months in the port city of Murmansk. This case is unpredictable and its hard to make any forecasts, Vladimir Chuprov, head of the energy program of Greenpeaces Russian branch, said today by phone. But they seem to be backing away from the piracy charge and desperately looking for something else to accuse the activists of. Greenpeace protesters scaled a Gazprom rig in the Pechora Sea on Sept. 18. The state-owned company has accused the environmental organization of endangering the lives of workers on the rig who were underwater at the time of the protest action. Russias Coast Guard boarded Greenpeaces Arctic Sunrise ship in international waters on Sept. 19, a day after two protesters scaled the rig, and towed the vessel to Murmansk. Gazprom plans to become the first Russian company to start producing oil in Arctic waters at the Prirazlomnoye deposit as soon as this year. Greenpeace activists scaled the same drilling platform in 2012. The detained activists include citizens of the U.S., Finland , Argentina , Switzerland, the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark , the Netherlands, New Zealand , Ukraine, Russia, France, Italy, Turkey , Poland and Sweden, according to Greenpeace. To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net More News:

(AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video) Syrian refugees gather for food aid after cross into Iraq at the Peshkhabour border point in Dahuk, 260 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian man comforts a child injured by a missile strike in Raqqa, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video) Syrian refugees cross into Iraq at the Peshkhabour border point in Dahuk, 260 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) In this citizen journalism Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, buildings are seen damaged from the shelling of Syrian forces at Karm al-Jabal area in Aleppo province, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC) In this citizen journalism Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian rebels open fire as they battle against the Syrian forces in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC) In this image released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian army soldier stands behind his machine gun during a battle against the Syrian rebels at an unidentified location in Latakia province, Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/SANA) In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian man carries an injured child away from a missile strike in Raqqa, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video) In this image released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian forces tank fires during a battle against the Syrian rebels at an unidentified location in Latakia province, Syria, Tuesday, Aug.