A Greenpeace activist from Oxfordshire, who is being held in Moscow, is expected to be granted bail today.
Phil Ball, from Chipping Norton, was part of a group arrested in the Russian capital when they tried to board an oil platform in protest over plans to develop off-shore oil fields in the Arctic.
Seven others have already been bailed.
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