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European Journal

Russia: Free on Bail

More than two months after their arrest, the last of the Greenpeace activists has been released from jail on bail, though they all must remain in the country.

REFILE - CORRECTING DATE IN CAPTION Photographer Denis Sinyakov of Russia gestures to the media after being released from prison in St. Petersburg November 21, 2013. Twenty of those detained on September 18 by Russian coast guards during a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling have now been granted bail this week following criticism of Putin over what was widely seen in the West as their harsh treatment, though the others have yet to be freed. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)

release of Greepeace activist Denis Sinyakov (21.11.13)

The 30 international crew members of the Arctic Sunrise were protesting against what they called reckless arctic oil drilling. Now they're fighting on another front: for their own fate and for the right to protest peacefully. Russia has charged them with hooliganism, which can carry a maximum seven-year sentence. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg has demanded the group's release.