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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Greenpeace Slams Russian Oil Leaks

The Russian chapter of the Greenpeace environmental movement on Monday assailed what it called Western oil companies' double standards in environmental protection.

About a dozen demonstrators held a protest outside the Moscow offices of the French TotalFina oil giant. The activists filled a children's wading pool, put stuffed animals in it and then poured in oil.

"Today in civilized countries, the absence of leaks from oil pipelines is a commonly accepted standard," Greenpeace said in a statement distributed at the protest.

"But in relation to Russia, [TotalFina] and other Western oil companies use a policy of double standards, demonstrating an astonishing indifference to what the extraction of oil means for the environment and the population."

Greenpeace said that between 10 million and 20 million metric tons of oil is spilled in Russia every year, out of the approximately 300 million metric tons the country produces.

TotalFina spokesmen had no comment on the protest.

The French oil company does not extract oil in Russia, depending instead on an independent trading company that purchases oil from Russian producers.