World leaders and celebrities have spoken out in defense of the activists called the Greenpeace 30. In September, these occupants of a Greenpeace vessel were plucked from their boat by Russian authorities after staging a protest on an oil rig in the Arctic Ocean, and now face the prospect of spending years in a Russian prison.
"Hooliganism" is a leftover from Soviet jurisprudence; it's a criminal code article used to classify an extremely wide and ambiguously defined set of disruptive behaviors. What we need is clarity, and -- in the absence of rule of law and pervasive "legal nihilism" -- only Vladimir Putin can provide that.
The Netherlands is in a unique position to assert the rule of law in the case of the Arctic Sunrise, beyond the consideration of the ship's registration. The Netherlands is home to several major international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.