When you go to another country and infringe THEIR laws and end up in the Pokey it's not much use bleating about it. Doesn't matter if it's urinating in lifts in Singapore, being caught with illicit drugs in Kuala Lumpur, consuming alcohol in the open in Jeddah or attempting to board a a Russian oil rig ... you do the crime, expect to do the time.
Greenpeace is happy to milk this latest escapade for all its worth in making their point. I suspect, for the individuals involved, they will emerge a couple of years hence with a thorough understanding of the Russian penal system ... the good, the bad and the ugly (and not too much of the good either).
I just hope they went into this with their eyes open. If not, they are in for an almighty shock because there is very little influence that New Zealand (or any Government) can expect to exert on the Russian judicial system which will take its course.
The reality is that Greenpeace is happy to use them as martyr pawns in trying to achieve their political goals. 'Green' activists (terrorists) yes, charity ... definitely not.