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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Greenpeace Office Ordered to Close

Police threatened to close down the Moscow office of Greenpeace this week, the organization said Thursday.

Spokewoman Polina Malysheva said a police officer turned up at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and said he had orders to seal the office in 20 minutes.

When no one returned in 20 minutes, Greenpeace Russia's director, Sergei Tsyplenkov, went to the police station, where Sergei Chernyshin, deputy chief of the Begovaya district police, told him the order to seal the office came from a Tuesday meeting of the Moscow Interdepartmental Anti-Terrorist Commission, Malysheva said.

She said the police gave no proof of the order and there have been no other attempts to enforce it.

Chernyshin and commission representatives were not available for comment Thursday.

Malysheva quoted police as saying the reason for the closure was "unsanctioned replanning of the office."

It was not clear whether the incident was related to checks of environmental organizations by the Prosecutor General's Office.