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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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First Russians of the "Arctic 30" released on bail

Video | 21 November, 2013 at 16:19

Freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov and Greenpeace activist Andrey Allakhverdov are released on bail from St Petersburg detention centre SIZO 1. They were arrested in September 2013 by Russian authorities following a Greenpeace protest against...

Murmansk court rejects appeal over arrest of ship Arctic Sunrise

Press release | 21 November, 2013 at 14:02

Amsterdam, 21 November 2013 – The Murmansk Regional Court has today rejected an appeal against the arrest of the ship Arctic Sunrise by Russian authorities.

First Russian nationals among Arctic 30 released from prison

Press release | 21 November, 2013 at 10:57

Amsterdam, 21 November 2013 – Three Russian nationals, part of the so-called Arctic 30, have been released from prison, bringing to four the number of those freed after being granted bail this week by St Petersburg courts.

Ana Paula from Brazil released - first of the Arctic 30 to leave prison

Press release | 20 November, 2013 at 16:57

Amsterdam, 20 November 2013 - Greenpeace International activist Ana Paula Alminhana Maciel of Brazil has today been released from detention, the first of the Arctic 30 to leave prison following the granting of bail by a St Petersburg court.

Bail already posted for nine of the Arctic 30

Press release | 20 November, 2013 at 12:17

Amsterdam, 20 November 2013 - Greenpeace International today said it has already posted bail for nine of the Arctic 30, but does not expect them to be released before the weekend. Lawyers say they are making bail payments - set at 2 million...

Colin Russell Detention Hearing in St Petersburg

Video | 19 November, 2013 at 18:40

Colin Russell delivers a powerful speech to media during his detention hearing at Primorskiy Court in St. Petersburg. The Russian Investigative Committee is applying to keep the detainees in prison for a further three months while they...

Nine more activists granted bail in Arctic 30 case

Press release | 19 November, 2013 at 17:09

Amsterdam, 19 November 2013 - Nine Greenpeace activists were today granted bail in St Petersburg. Twelve of the so-called Arctic 30 have now been told they will soon be released. They were told they will be released from jail if they can provide...

Brazilian and New Zealand activists granted bail in Arctic 30 case

Press release | 19 November, 2013 at 11:47

Amsterdam, 19 November 2013 - Two Greenpeace activists were today granted bail in St Petersburg, becoming the fourth and fifth of the so-called Arctic 30 to be told they will soon be released. Brazilian Ana Paula Maciel, 31, and David Haussmann...

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