October 22, 2013

Maine woman speaks with husband jailed in Russia

The Associated Press

NORWALK, Conn. – An Islesboro, Maine, woman has spoken with her husband for the first time since he was arrested last month by Russian authorities during a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic.

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The US captain of the Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise', Peter Willcox is kept behind bars in a court room in Murmansk, Russia, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

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Maggy Willcox told The Hour newspaper that she spoke to Peter Willcox of Norwalk about 9 a.m. Monday. She told the paper he said he was being treated well.

Peter Willcox is captain of the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise.

He and other crew members were arrested by the Russian coast guard Sept. 18 after several tried to scale a Russian oil platform that’s the first offshore rig in the Arctic. The activists face piracy charges.

Maggy Willcox said her husband reported doing pushups and yoga in his prison cell.

She said he sounded so upbeat, it “put a little starch in our own backbone.”

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