Of particular interest to me (on an amusement level, of course) is the tragic tale of Sini Saarela, the one protester who is "starving to death" because the Russians won't prepare the special vegan meals that she wants.
Greenpeace activist 'starving' in prison without vegan food
Wah. I'm guessing that before too much longer, she'll come to eat and appreciate whatever sausage-based meals that they put on her tray. Fact is, the Russians aren't inhumane; they'll feed her enough food to keep her alive and healthy. What they won't do is cater to her like she's Princess-Fricking-Anastasia and put a specialty chef at her beck and call. And when she gets hungry enough, she'll eat what they give her and ask for seconds.
Now the story is enough to make one picture an idealistic but naive young girl who probably didn't realize what she was getting herself into. However, her own Green Pest bio paints a different picture, outing her as a seasoned activist well known for doing this sort of thing in countries more tolerant of the antics of spoiled trust-fund kids.
She has taken part in many demonstrations. Sini is an experienced climber, and in 2007 scaled the crane of a nuclear construction site Olkiluoto 3, Finland, to demonstrate against nuclear power.
Sini is not deterred by the cold conditions in the Arctic. Last year, she climbed the oil platform Prirazlomnaya with Greenpeace International Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo.
So we're looking at someone experienced at bothering productive people and getting arrested for it, and the real issue here is that she and her supporters are only shocked that she's suddenly going to be held to accounts for once.
The site also included her picture.
Wow. That face would make a train take a dirt road. No wonder they're keeping her away from the other prisoners--the others are already being punished enough without being made to feel like they're in a haunted house.