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Arctic Sunrise captain and other Greenpeace activists leave Russian prison

November 22, 2013, 13:36 UTC+3 ST PETERSBURG
The activists were freed when bail of two million rubles for each was paid
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ST PETERSBURG, November 22, 13:24 /ITAR-TASS/. Peter Willcox, captain of the Arctic Sunrise vessel, has been freed on bail on Friday. Other Greenpeace activists - Marco Weber from Switzerland, Anthony Perret from the United Kingdom, Faiza Oulahsen from the Netherlands and U.S. citizen, a representative of the environmental campaign group told Itar-Tass on Friday.

The activists were freed when bail of two million rubles for each was paid.

St. Petersburg’s Kalininsky district court will stop to consider cases on the arrest of the activists on Friday. It has to consider two more cases. Practically all thirty detained activists were granted bail, except for Colin Russell of Australia, who might remain in custody until February 24, 2014.

Thirty protesters, including four Russians, 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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