The group of Greenpeace activists, including two New
Zealanders, who were arrested by Russian authorities for
hooliganism, are inching closer to leaving the country as
criminal cases against them are being closed.
The protesters, dubbed the Arctic 30, spent two months in
jail after a protest against Arctic drilling.
Earlier this month the Russian parliament backed an amnesty
bill to drop charges against them.
At the time, one of the New Zealanders detained, David
Haussmann said group members were trying to contain their
Mr Haussmann and Jon Beauchamp were arrested with 26
Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists in
September after two activists scaled an oil rig in the
Barents Sea owned by Gazprom to protest against oil
A Greenpeace spokesman said yesterday Russia had closed the
case against one crew member, named by the BBC as Anthony
Perrett from Wales, who is preparing to leave Russia.
The move should pave the way for the other 29 crew to have
their cases closed and allow the foreign nationals including
to leave Russia, AFP reported.
However, it was unclear when the 26 non-Russian activists
would be allowed to leave the country, or what would happen
to the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise, which remained
impounded in Murmansk.
The 30 protesters were released from prison last month on
bail, but were not allowed to return home.