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Dozens of Greenpeace activists released in Russia

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 01:13

Nov. 22 - A number of Greenpeace activists are released from prison in Russia after posting bail. They now await trial on hooliganism charges. Nathan Frandino reports.

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One by one, Greenpeace activists in Russia are returning to freedom. After about two months in pre-trial detention, lawyers have posted bail for a majority of the group. The group of 30 was arrested after a protest at an Arctic oil drilling platform in September. The most recently released include a British freelance videographer and the American captain of the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN GREENPEACE ARCTIC SUNRISE CAPTAIN, PETER WILLCOX, SAYING: "This was too much. We do peaceful, non-violent demonstrations and this is the first time I have ever in 40 years, this is first time ever that I have been in jail for more than overnight." British Greenpeace activist Alexandra Harris says the first week was really hard. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH GREENPEACE ACTIVIST, ALEXANDRA HARRIS, SAYING: "It was nerve-wracking, not knowing what was going on. I was in a cell on my own, it was scary but you get used to it. And I had the support of the girls. Luckily I could speak to them. I spoke to them once a day so that really kept me going." The group was originally charged with piracy for the protest. The charges were later reduced to hooliganism, which carries the possibility of seven years in prison.

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Dozens of Greenpeace activists released in Russia

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 01:13