“It’s absolutely brilliant news. After two months in jail he could have done without another weekend behind bars, but it’s a great relief to know he’s finally out and able to talk to his friends and colleagues.
Our thoughts though are still with Colin’s family – it’s great to see people from the four corners of the world calling for his immediate release and I do hope he’ll be able to join the other 29 soon.”
– Steve Ball, Brother of freed activist Phil Ball
“This is news we’ve been waiting for all weekend, but of course our hearts and thoughts remain with Colin Russell and his family.
Since being reunited after their release, our friends in St Petersburg have swapped stories, tears and experiences, hugged friends and each other and told of their great resolve and commitment to defending the Arctic against oil drilling and climate change.
This is not over yet and none of us will be truly happy until all of the Arctic 30 have been released from detention and the charges against them dropped.”
– Ben Ayliffe, Arctic campaigner at Greenpeace International
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."