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A British Greenpeace activist held in Russia on piracy charges has had his appeal to be released on bail rejected, according to a Greenpeace Twitter account:
The second British Greenpeace activist appearing in a Russian court today has had his bail appeal rejected, the environmental group has said:
The mental state of 30 Greenpeace activists held on piracy charges in Russia, is "quite good" the director of Greenpeace told Daybreak.
Activists were "isolated from each other" and "held in a cell for 23 hours a day".
Greenpeace member Phil Ball from Oxford has appeared in court in Russia over piracy charges.
He was detained by Russian authorities during a Greenpeace protest at an Arctic Sea oil platform.
He was among 30 people held as activists who boarded the platform in an attempt to stop it drilling.
The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise was seized and the "Arctic 30" are facing charges of piracy in a case which has prompted protests around the world.
Sergey Golubok, a lawyer for Greenpeace International, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
"As of now, none of the 30 people in detention have been charged with any narcotics offence. I'm surprised that the official representative in Moscow announced these charges before the charges are formally handed to the accused here in Murmansk."
The family of a Greenpeace activist from Oxfordshire are campaigning for his release. Phil Ball from Chipping Norton was part of a group arrested in Moscow when they tried to board a Russian oil platform in protest at plans to develop off-shore oil fields in the Arctic.
He could face fifteen years in prison for piracy. Penny Silvester has more.
A family from Oxfordshire are campaigning for his release after he was detained in Moscow on piracy charges.
Phill Ball from Chipping Norton was one of six people arrested after the group tried to board a Russian oil platform to protest at plans to develop off-shore oil fields in the Arctic.
His brother, Steve Ball, talks about what he mis hoping will happen.