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."
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A damp and cold night ahead. Valentine's Day will start cloudy but become brighter in the afternoon. Risk of showers along the Kent coast.
Cold and damp tonight with outbreaks of rain. A cold and dull start to Valentine's Day but becoming drier and brighter by the afternoon.
Rain turning more patchy this afternoon but more persistent along the coast. Feeling cold in the brisk north-easterly wind.