By Ben Stewart
Melting ice, an army palms race, the frenzy to use assets at any cost—the Arctic is now the degree on which our destiny may be determined. And as temperatures upward thrust and the ice retreats, Vladimir Putin orders Russia’s oil rigs to maneuver north. yet one early September morning in 2013 thirty women and men from eighteen countries—the workforce of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise—decide to attract a line within the ice and protest the drilling within the Arctic.
Thrown jointly by means of a standard reason, they're decided to forestall Putin and the oligarchs. yet their protest is met with brutal strength as Putin’s commandos grab the Arctic dawn. Held below armed defend via masked males, they're charged with piracy and face fifteen years in Russia’s nightmarish felony system.
Ben Stewart—who spearheaded the crusade to free up the Arctic 30—tells an impressive story of ardour, braveness, brutality, and survival. With wit, verve, and candor, he chronicles the intense friendships the activists made with their frequently murderous cellmates, their conflict to outwit the felony guards, and the fight to stick precise to the reason that introduced them there.
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