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Greenpeace confirms transfer of bail money for 9 activists arrested in Russia

November 20, 2013, 19:28 UTC+3 134 ¶ ¶ ST. PETERSBURG

The lawyer is taking steps to get them out, head of Greenpeace Russia says

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 ST. PETERSBURG, November 20, 18:50 /ITAR-TASS/. Greenpeace has confirmed the transfer of money to bail out nine of its activists detained after an incident at Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Pechora Sea off Murmansk, northern Russia.

“The bail money has been transferred for nine persons,” Dmitry Artamonov, head of Greenpeace’s regional division, told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday, November 20. “The lawyer is taking steps to get them out,” he added.

Artamonov believes that several activists may be set free during the day, but much will depend on the detention centre personnel.

In the previous two days, on November 18 and 19, St. Petersburg’s district courts ruled to release several Greenpeace activists detained in the incident with the organisation’s ship Arctic Sunrise: photographer Denis Sinyakov, Yekaterina Zaspa of Russia who was the ship’s doctor, Greenpeace spokesperson Andrei Allakhverdov of Russia, Ana Paula Alminhana Maciel of Brazil, captain’s mate Miguel Hernan Orsi of Argentina, David John Housman of New Zealand, activist Camila Speziale of Argentina, Tomasz Dziemianczuk of Poland, captain’s mate Paul Ruzycki of Canada, Christian D’Alessandro of Italy, Francesco Pisanu of France, and Sini Saarela of Finland.

Each was released on a two-million-ruble bail. Earlier on Wednesday, November 20, a court ruled to release Arctic Sunrise Captain Peter Willcox of the United States on bail. Other courts released Mannes Ubels of the Netherlands, Alexandra Harris of Great Britain and cameraman Kieron Bryan of the UK.

On September 18, the Arctic Sunrise approached Gazprom’s oil platform that is operating on the Russian shelf. The Greenpeace activists made an attempt to climb the platform. Russian border guards intervened and led the ship to Murmansk where the crew and the activists were charged with piracy. Later the charges were changed to acts of hooliganism.

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