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Russia: Arctic 30 activists free to leave the country00:51

Russia: Arctic 30 activists free to leave the country

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 26, 2013 at 15:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Arctic 30 activists free to leave the country

More than 20 Greenpeace activists involved in the 'Arctic 30' case were granted an exit visa on Thursday after criminal charges against them have been formally dropped on Christmas Day. The activists are now free to leave the country.

Among those who got the exit visa were Phil Ball, Alexandra Harris, Kieron Bryan and Iain Rogers from UK, Sini Saarela from Finland, Marco Weber from Switzzerland, Dima Litvinov from Sweden, Mannes Ubels from the Netherlands and Gizem Akhan from Turkey.

The activists were released on bail in November after being behind bars for over two months. The Greenpeace activists were initially charged with piracy and later on with hooliganism after climbing onto a Gazprom's oil rig in Pechora Sea to protest against Arctic drilling in September.

The action followed an amnesty passed on December 18 by the Russian parliament to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, which included two members of the punk band Pussy Riot. Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was also released with a presidential pardon.

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Russia: Arctic 30 activists free to leave the country

More than 20 Greenpeace activists involved in the 'Arctic 30' case were granted an exit visa on Thursday after criminal charges against them have been formally dropped on Christmas Day. The activists are now free to leave the country.

Among those who got the exit visa were Phil Ball, Alexandra Harris, Kieron Bryan and Iain Rogers from UK, Sini Saarela from Finland, Marco Weber from Switzzerland, Dima Litvinov from Sweden, Mannes Ubels from the Netherlands and Gizem Akhan from Turkey.

The activists were released on bail in November after being behind bars for over two months. The Greenpeace activists were initially charged with piracy and later on with hooliganism after climbing onto a Gazprom's oil rig in Pechora Sea to protest against Arctic drilling in September.

The action followed an amnesty passed on December 18 by the Russian parliament to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, which included two members of the punk band Pussy Riot. Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was also released with a presidential pardon.