MONTREAL -- The department of foreign affairs wouldn't say Saturday whether it is helping to secure the release of two Canadian Greenpeace activists charged with piracy in Russia.
Greenpeace Canada spokesman Diego Kreimer said lawyers are preparing appeal arguments for all 30 activists on board a ship seized two weeks ago by Russian forces.
Russian state prosecutors charged all 30 on board -- including Montrealer Alexandre Paul, 35, and Paul Ruzycki from Port Colborne, Ont. -- with piracy and refused them bail.
Kreimer said Greenpeace contacted Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird last week for a meeting but he said that the department has not responded.