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Greenpeace have confirmed that their activists have had the piracy charges against them dropped, but hit out at Russian authorities for their ongoing imprisonment, saying the charges are still "wildly disproportionate."
Russia has dropped piracy charges against 30 Greenpeace activists, including two from London, involved in an Arctic protest. The charges have been replaced with a lesser charge of hooliganism.
The partner of a London greenpeace activist currently in jail in Russia has told ITV News of her shock at his detention.
Frank Hewetson was among 30 people on a boat protesting against Russia's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. Today he became the second Londoner facing piracy charges to be denied bail. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.
Nina Gold, the partner of Frank Hewetson, told ITV News all she could do now was to strive for a political or legal solution after he was denied bail.
John Sauven, Executive Director of Greenpeace UK, said: "The court's refusal to grant bail to Frank Hewetson flies in the face of all logic. Frank, like the other 29 being held, presents no threat to Russia and should be allowed to return home to be with their families.
"Greenpeace has offered sureties that will guarantee the return of all of those charged for any future court case. This is looking a lot like punishment before conviction."
A second member of the Greenpeace crew arrested by the Russian authorities during a protest against drilling in the Arctic has been denied bail. Frank Hewetson from North London was seized with 29 others on the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise on September 19.