Their mother, 66, died last month. The judge refused to allow Kosenko out for the funeral, even though a well-known newspaper editor promised to guarantee his return to jail. “I was hoping they would show they were human,” Ksenia said.
One day in the courtroom, she drew her chair close to the prisoner’s cage and gave him the news. Kosenko had already heard on TV.
“He had tears in his eyes,” she said. “I cried, too, but I turned my back away from the judge. I would not give her the pleasure of seeing us cry.”
On Tuesday, after the verdict, she was near tears once more.Her brother, she said, had been very brave. She was proud.
“There is no justice here,” she said. “The authorities want to scare people, to leave them frightened in a corner so no one will ever dare criticize them.”
She had learned much about the courts here in the last year and a half, she said. “I understand they will make the ruling that’s ordered,” she said.
In Murmansk, the news site that employed 36-year-old Denis Sinyakov to document the Greenpeace protest in September submitted affidavits swearing that he was a journalist on assignment. Sinyakov, a widely known Russian photographer who has worked for a variety of news outlets, was refused bail.
“The criminal activity I am blamed for is called journalism,” he had told the court at an earlier hearing. “My only weapon is my camera.”
Also refused bail were a Russian doctor, Ekaterina Zaspa, and Andrei Allakhverdov, a 50-year-old Russian who made a name for himself as a radio reporter specializing in the environment before joining Greenpeace.
The 27 others aboard the ship, including its captain, American Peter Willcox, will appeal their detentions and request bail in the days ahead.
“They have been charged with a crime that did not happen,” Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo said in a statement Tuesday. “They are being held for something nobody thinks they actually did. They are now prisoners of conscience, and as such they are the responsibility of the world.”