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Last Greenpeace Crew Member Granted Russian Bail


Australian national Colin Russell in the dock in court in St. Petersburg on November 18

Australian national Colin Russell in the dock in court in St. Petersburg on November 18

A Russian court has granted bail to the last of 30 Greenpeace crew members detained by authorities during a protest more than two months ago.

Greenpeace said on November 28 that Australian national Colin Russell will be released from prison as soon as the St. Petersburg court accepts the organization's 2 million-ruble ($60,000) bail payment.

In September, Russian authorities seized Greenpeace's vessel "Arctic Sunrise" and detained the 28 activists and two journalists who were on board.

All but Russell have been released pending trial on charges of hooliganism over the protest at an Arctic offshore oil rig owned by the Russian company Gazprom.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax
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