More Greenpeace Activists Granted Russian Bail : worldleaks
Two Russian courts granted bail on Wednesday to several more Greenpeace activists awaiting trial, to the relief of representatives and helpers of the environmental organization, the group said.
Four activists – Dutch citizens Faiza Oulahsen and Mannes Ubels, British national Alexandra Harris, and American Peter Willcox as well as British freelance videographer Kieron Bryan will be granted to leave their detention facilities after they post bail of 2 million rubles ($61,500) each.
A group of 28 Greenpeace activists and two reporters was jailed and firstly charged with piracy for attempting to scale an Arctic Sea oil platform, owned by an affiliate of energy giant Gazprom, in September to protest offshore drilling in the environmentally sensitive area. That charge was later downgraded to hooliganism, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.
Greenpeace said Wednesday that it has already posted bail for nine of the activists, but does not expect them to be released before the weekend.
“There are a number of bureaucratic issues to resolve before any of the Arctic 30 are released from jail,” the environmental organization said in a press release. “Lawyers say they are making bail payments as quickly as they can.”
About half of the so-called Arctic 30 have been granted bail so far, but Australian activist Colin Russell has been ordered to stay in prison until February 24.
Greenpeace said on Twitter that the organization was not sure why Russell was refused bail, but noted his hearing was the first one of the group. The environmental organization says it will appeal the court’s decision to keep him in jail.
It is unclear if the bailed activists’ movements will be limited until their trial.
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