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The Arctic 30 have left Russia

The criminal prosecution of the Arctic 30 has been terminated after the Russian parliament adopted an amnesty decree marking the 20th anniversary of the country’s constitution. The non-Russian nationals were granted exit visas to leave the country and all of them have finally returned home. They spent more than three months in detention, despite the fact that the seizure of their ship and the imprisonment of the activists were deemed illegal by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. As one activist said, "They didn't lock us up for what we did. They locked us up for what we stood for." Their act of civil disobedience was a courageous stand against destructive Arctic oil drilling and the onslaught of climate change.

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Greenpeace: Current draft of Russian amnesty does not include Arctic 30

Press release | 11 December, 2013 at 11:39

Amsterdam, 11 December 2013 - Lawyers for Greenpeace International believe the draft text of a Russian amnesty to be voted on by the Duma (the Russian parliament) would be unlikely to benefit the Arctic 30.

Lawyers apply for Russian exit visas for Arctic 30

Press release | 4 December, 2013 at 14:01

Amsterdam, 4 December 2013 – Lawyers for the Arctic 30 have this week started to lodge applications with the Investigative Committee seeking exit visas for the non-Russian nationals.

Greenpeace arrests show attempts to silence environmentalists continue

Blog entry by David Suzuki | 2 December, 2013

Early November marked the 18th anniversary of the tragic murder of outspoken writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues by the Nigerian government. Saro-Wiwa and the others had waged a long campaign to stop...

Getting the Arctic 30 home

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 2 December, 2013 9 comments

Australian activist Colin Russell has finally been released from a St. Petersburg detention center, the last of the Arctic 30 detainees to be freed on bail after the seizure of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise more...

Dutch government finalises bank guarantee for release of Arctic 30

Press release | 29 November, 2013 at 19:00

Amsterdam, 29 November 2013 - The Dutch Foreign Ministry said today it has finalised a bank guarantee of 3.6 million euros in compliance with a binding ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) ordering Russia to release...

Australian Arctic 30 activist Colin Russell bailed after 71 days detention

Press release | 28 November, 2013 at 11:24

Amsterdam, 28 November 2013 – Australian activist Colin Russell has been granted bail today by a St. Petersburg court, the last of the Arctic 30 detainees to be ordered released on bail after a peaceful Arctic oil drilling protest. He has spent...

Forbidden Pictures: Dima's Story

Blog entry by Brian Fitzgerald | 26 November, 2013 16 comments

It's dark in Murmansk. A railway security guard yawns, his breath visible in the frigid air, and waves through one of the workers arriving for the early morning shift. He barely glances at him. Had the guard looked closer, he might...

Arctic 30 Released On Bail

Slideshow | 25 November, 2013

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