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Court to release British Greenpeace activist Alexandra Harris on bail

November 20, 2013, 17:13 UTC+3 ST PETERSBURG
Greenpeace plans to transfer bail money for all activists on Wednesday
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 ST PETERSBURG, November 20, 16:46 /ITAR-TASS/. British Greenpeace activist Alexandra Harris will be released on bail of two million rubles after being arrested for attempting to occupy the Russian Arctic oil rig Prirazlomnaya, a source at environmental campaign group Greenpeace told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

She will be released after bail is paid.

Earlier, St. Petersburg’s Kalininsky and Primorsky district courts ruled to release on bail of two million rubles Faiza Oulahsen of the Netherlands and U.S. citizen, Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise captain Peter Willcox.

On November 18 and November 19 these courts also ruled to release other activists on bail of the same amount: two million rubles.

They are photographer Denis Sinyakov; Yekaterina Zaspa, a Russian medical worker on the campaign ship Arctic Sunrise; spokesman for the Greenpeace office in Russia Andrei Allakhverdov; New Zealander David Haussmann; Ana Paula Alminhana Maciel of Brazil; Tomasz Dziemianczuk of Poland; Paul Ruzycki of Canada; Cristian D'Alessandro of Italy; Francesco Pisanu of France; Sini Saarela of Finland; Miguel Hernan Perez Orzi and Camila Speziale, both of Argentina. All of them will be freed when bail is paid.

Greenpeace plans to transfer the money on Wednesday.

The protesters were detained on September 18 when trying to climb the Prirazlomnaya rig from aboard the Arctic Sunrise. Their ship was towed to the port of Murmansk in northern Russia. In October, the Russian Investigative Committee dropped piracy charges against the group, replacing alleged piracy with an accusation of hooliganism.

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