I was deeply shocked to learn yesterday that my former colleague, Andrei Allakhverdov, has been detained as one of the Arctic 30 Greenpeace activists who were protesting against the activities of Gazprom. Andrei accompanied me on a memorable trip to Astrakhan back in the 90s when we were recording material for a series of BBC radio programmes. I particularly valued his professionalism and his unfailing good humour in the face of the widespread post-Soviet chaos prevailing Russia at that time. I very much fear for him in the Russian penal system, so to my two fantastic followers (so far…) and anyone else who happens to read this, do please consider signing this petition to get Andrei and the other 29 detainees released as soon as possible! Many, many thanks.