Zee Media Bureau
Moscow: Criminal charges against a Greenpeace activist, accused of taking part in protest in the Arctic, were dropped by Russia on Tuesday.
It is the first case that Russian authorities have dropped after criminal charges were pressed against 30 people, international media reported.
Russia drew massive criticism after it arrested 28 activists and two freelance journalists in September when they were protesting against the offshore Arctic drilling.
The charges of piracy against them were changed to `hooliganism` which carried a penalty of maximum seven years in a penal colony.
The same charges were made against punk bank Pussy Riot members also.