Survey suggests Russians showed little interest in Nemtsov murder caseSociety & Culture July 26, 8:33
Military aviation deployed in Kazakhstan and Russia's Siberia ahead of Soyuz launchScience & Space July 26, 7:21
US denies arms supplies to Ukraine — State Department spokespersonWorld July 26, 7:12
UN Security Council blocks statement condemning attack on Russian embassy in DamascusWorld July 26, 4:27
Russia looks into its citizen’s removal from domestic US flightWorld July 26, 3:43
US House of Representatives passes bill to toughen sanctions on RussiaWorld July 26, 1:09
Diplomat blasts US media reports on Russia's alleged arms supplies to TalibanRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 25, 21:39
Putin, Iraqi vice-president discuss possible supplies of T-90 tanksMilitary & Defense July 25, 21:18
Sports minister hopes for Russia’s membership reinstatement with IAAF before 2018Sport July 25, 20:47
ST. PETERSBURG, January 15 (Itar-Tass) - The criminal case against foreign activists from the ecological movement Greenpeace, who were arrested on criminal charges for participating in the September campaign at the Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Arctic, will be finally closed not earlier than in February 2014, Andrey Suchkov, a lawyer for the detained environmentalists, said on Wednesday.
“I suppose that the issue of closing the criminal case will be settled in February,” he told Itar-Tass, adding that in order to close the case, it was necessary to complete a number of expert examinations and to make up a schedule for the transfer of the activists’ personal belongings and their arrested ship, The Arctic Sunrise, which would be released after that.
The 28 activists and two freelance journalists were arrested by Russian authorities in September 2013 after they attempted to scale Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya oilrig in the Barents Sea.
They were seized by Russian security guards and their vessel was towed to the port of Murmansk. The protesters - nationals of 18 countries and four Russians - were initially taken into custody on charges of piracy, later downgraded to hooliganism.
After two months in a Russian jail the Greenpeace activists have been released on bail. In December 2013, Russia formally dropped criminal charges against all crew aboard the ship, released under a Kremlin-backed amnesty. All 26 foreign activists managed to return home by the end of the last year.