Now fair play to the Greenpeace lads, they put their bodies on the line. They're at it again, this time in Russian waters, protesting against a Gazprom Arctic drilling operation.
But they may find Gazprom a different proposition to, say, the pussycats at Shell.
The more distant parts of Russia have always been governed by local warlords: but they still run up gas bills. And in Russia, they've always known how to collect monies owing - they learned it the hard way when they were under the Mongol yoke. So every year Gazprom despatches armed convoys to collect the kopeks from all the distant meters.
So their willingness to be, errr, decisive is not in doubt.
As for Greenpeace; as it happens, right now Gazprom is not flavour of the month with the Putin regime (we may return to this another day). But Western intruders are intruders, and everything hinges on whether Volodya is still in Pussy-Riot mode. He hates foreign NGOs, and he may be willing to see an example made.
You want martyrs ..? Could get nasty.