Final activist bailed over ‘Arctic 30’ protest

Greenpeace28 November 2013, News Wires – The last remaining activist held over September’s protest at a Russian Arctic oil platform, Colin Russell of Australia, has been released on bail.

The activist, who was initially refused bail, is to be released upon posting of $60,000 surety, as was the case with the other 27 Greenpeace protesters and two freelancers, Greenpeace said.

All 30 face up to seven years in jail if convicted of hooliganism over the demonstration on 18 September in which protesters aboard the vessel Arctic Sunrise attempted to scale a Gazprom Neft Shelf- operated production platform to highlight their opposition to Arctic exploration.

It is uncertain if the demonstrators, who lack Russian visas, are entitled to leave Russia but they will remain in St Petersburg for now, the environmental group said.

Meanwhile, Russia is due to report to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas by 2 December on its compliance with an ITLOS ruling ordering the release of the Arctic Sunrise upon posting of a €3.6 million bond by the Netherlands.

– Upstream

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