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Earlier in the day St. Petersburg’s Kalininsky district court released on bail 45-year-old British Greenpeace activist Frank Hewetson and 51-year-old mechanic of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise Jonathan Beauchamp of New Zealand following their September arrest for storming the Russian Arctic oil rig.
They will be freed when bail is paid.
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.
In November St. Petersburg’s courts ruled to release most activists each on bail of two million rubles, except for Colin Russell of Australia, who might remain in custody until February 24, 2014.