Thursday, 21 November 2013 - 14:10
Three More Greenpeace Activists Freed On Bail
Three more Greenpeace activists were released by the Russian court in St. Petersburg on bail, The Associated Press reports. Greenpeace Ship / Flickr In September, Russia arrested 30 activists who were protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic. A Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, was boarded by the Russian coast guard because it entered Arctic waters. Some of the activists tried to scale an offshore drilling platform owned by the state natural gas giant Gazprom. According to the activists, Arctic drilling poses potentially catastrophic environmental dangers. Several crew members were released on bail so far, among whom Faiza Oulahsen, the British Alexandra Harris, and the 60-year-old captain of the ship, Peter Wilcox. Bail been granted to 20 people this week. "We don't know yet if they will be able to leave the country," Patric Salize, a Greenpeace spokesman in St. Petersburg, said. "We need to figure that out with the Russian authorities." Bail for each of those released has been set at about €45,676. Greenpeace is making preparations to provide the members who are to be released with adequate living arrangements.