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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

30 Greenpeace Protesters Held

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Thirty Greenpeace activists were detained Thursday for protesting on Red Square against legislation that would allow Russia to import spent nuclear fuel for processing and indefinite storage.

The legislation, which critics say would turn Russia into the world's nuclear dump, was approved by the State Duma earlier this month, despite broad public opposition. The Federation Council is to consider the bills Friday.

On the eve of the parliamentary review, some 100 environmental activists from Greenpeace Russia gathered on Red Square to urge President Vladimir Putin to reject the bill.

Thirty activists were detained and held for four hours at a police station, before being told to show up in court the next morning, said Greenpeace Russian nuclear campaigner Ivan Bokov.