Russian authorities have dropped criminal cases against 30 Greenpeace activists from the ship Arctic Sunrise, the environmental group`s lawyer said Wednesday.
Russia has closed the criminal case against one of the 30 crew of a Greenpeace ship who were charged with hooliganism over a protest against Gazprom oil drilling in the Arctic, the group said Tuesday.
The International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea has ordered Russia to immediately release the Greenpeace activists, who were detained on September 19, on receipt of a €3.6 million (£3m) bond from the Netherlands.
Greenpeace organised protests in 263 cities around the world today to mark two months since 30 of its environmental activists were jailed in Russia over a demonstration against Arctic drilling.
Five of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested last month for a protest at a Russian oil platform in Arctic waters were charged Wednesday with piracy, media reported.
Russian investigators today charged 14 Greenpeace campaigners with piracy over an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling, the environmental group said, calling the move "absurd."
A group of Greenpeace
activists Wednesday staged a protest near the Parliament House
against the nuclear liability bill.
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