The Arctic ice cap is melting thus realising access to huge oil resources the Russians are determined to capture. This will greatly increase greenhouse gas emissions and the risk of oil spills in what is a pristine area. Greenpeace was protesting against this and rightly so. The arrest of the Arctic 30 was in international waters and is therefore an act of aggression on their part. Their ferocity is handling the matter is a warning: This oil is ours and no one is getting in our way!