UN orders Arctic releases

A United Nations maritime tribunal has ruled Russia should release the Greenpeace ship, and all activists arrested on it during a protest against Arctic drilling. Four British activists and a UK journalist were earlier released from a Russian jail.

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Arctic activist: Greenpeace will scale rigs again 'for sure'

One of the 'Arctic 30' activists who was taken prisoner by the Russian authorities has said that Greenpeace will continue to carry out similar protests in the future.

Greenpeace protesters had been attempting to board the Gazprom rig, due to start drilling the Russian Arctic imminently
Greenpeace protesters had been attempting to board the Gazprom rig, due to start drilling the Russian Arctic imminently Credit: Greenpeace

Frank Hewetson told Sky News' Murnaghan: "I think it will happen again for sure. I'm just not going to comment about whether it will happen in Russia. I just don't have the mental head space to make that sort of decision at the moment."

"You have to take a technical approach if you are going to get on an oil rig. It has to be done safely, you have to have the right equipment, you have to have the training."

Journalist: Greenpeace should have 'frank discussions' about its tactics

Journalist: Greenpeace should have 'frank discussions'

A British journalist who was held in a Russian prison after taking part in a protest in the Arctic two months ago has said that Greenpeace should have "frank discussions" about its tactics.

British journalist Kieron Bryan shortly after his release
British journalist Kieron Bryan shortly after his release Credit: Twitter/@gp_sunrise

Freelance journalist Kieron Bryan said his first trip with the organisation had been a "baptism of fire".

Mr Bryan told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the group were briefed about the risks before the trip: "We discussed the legal implications of doing a protest in Russia. I remember distinctly piracy being mentioned and the laughter that followed.

"I can't stress what a shock it was to everyone. We all thought that we would get a rap on the wrists and then be sent away, so to find ourselves facing 10 to 15 years was a very difficult time."

Greenpeace UK's executive director John Sauven insisted all those who had been on the Arctic Sunrise vessel had been given a proper briefing about the risks involved.

Read: British journalist held in Russia has been released

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Arctic activist: 'No plans to hang a banner from Kremlin'

British Greenpeace activist Anthony Perett spoke to ITV News shortly after his release from a jail in Russia, saying he was happy with what he and his colleagues achieved but that he had "no plans to hand a banner off the Kremlin, ever."

Speaking on Skype, he said he did not regret his actions, and again condemned Russian authorities for their arrest, but said he was relieved to be released, and eager to get back home and back to work.

Read: Russia rejects UN maritime ruling on Greenpeace case

Russia rejects UN maritime ruling on Greenpeace case

Russia has rejected calls from a United Nations maritime tribunal to release the Greenpeace ship and return its crew, and allow them and the ship to leave the country.

Read: UN Court orders release of Greenpeace activists and ship

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the tribunal had no jurisdiction over its criminal prosecution of the crew.

The Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea said it had accepted a Dutch request to order the provisional release of the Dutch-registered ship Arctic Sunrise and its crew.

More: Fifth British Arctic activist released from Russian jail

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British Greenpeace activist Phil Ball granted bail

British Greenpeace activist Phil Ball has been granted bail by a Russian court:

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UPDATE: Phil Ball (UK) has been bailed in Kalininsky District Court #FreeTheArctic30

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Phil: "Let me be clear: I'm not against Russia. I want to protect #Arctic from climate change & preserve it for future generations"

British Greenpeace activist Iain Rogers released on bail

British Greenpeace activist Iain Rogers has been released on bail after being detained in Russia following a protest over the country's Arctic drilling.

Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise Twitter feed states:

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Great! Another Briton Iain Rogers (UK) of the #Arctic30 released on bail in St Petersburg #FreeTheArctic30

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Kieron Bryan: 'Keep fighting, we are not free yet'

After being released from prison, Kieron Bryan said: "We should keep fighting, we are not free yet. This is a first step and a glimmer of justice but it's not finished.

"It was pretty tough, for everyone I'm sure. More than anything, it's the isolation, not being able to speak to anyone, not being able to speak a common language, being trapped in a cell for 23 hours a day is something I don't ever want to experience again. "

Kieron Bryan speaking to journalists after being released Credit: PA Wire

Kieron added: "My plan now is to go to a hotel and have a long shower and never do a Sudoku puzzle again and speak to my family. I am feeling a lot better now, very happy to be out. I have no complaints (about prison conditions).

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