Russia releases all six of the Britons detained during a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling, days after dropping piracy charges.
Five of the six British people held in Russia over a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic are heading back to the UK.
Alex Harris from Devon, Anthony Perrett from Newport and London journalist Keiron Bryan are the first of six Brits to be given bail.
The Government has come under fire from environmentalists for trying to "bribe" councils, by allowing them to keep all the tax revenue generated by 'fracking' in their area.
Lawrence Carter of Greenpeace said:
– Lawrence Carter of Greenpeace
This is a naked attempt by the government to bribe hard pressed councils into accepting fracking in their area.
Cameron is effectively telling councils to ignore the risks and threat of large-scale industrialisation in exchange for cold hard cash.
But the proposal reveals just how worried the government is about planning applications being turned down.
Having had their claims that fracking will bring down energy bills and create jobs thoroughly discredited, the government is now resorting to straight up bribery to sell their deeply unpopular fracking policy.
Total, a French company who can't frack in their own country because the French government has stopped the French countryside being ripped up, have now turned their sights on the UK countryside where the UK Government seem happy to allow the industrialisation of our green and pleasant land.
– Lawrence Carter, Greenpeace
The UK Government seem deaf to the risks fracking poses to our environment and local communities and are pushing ahead with selling off two thirds of Britain for drilling without a public mandate.
Greenpeace activist, Colin Russell arrived back into Australia on Thursday after his detention in Russia.
Most of the 30 people arrested, dubbed the "Arctic 30", for a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling left Russia on Friday under an amnesty initiated by President Vladimir Putin, the environmental group said. Mr Russell said preserving the future was important.
Freed Greenpeace activist Alexandra Harris said her time in Russian prison "was torture", but that she and others jailed after Arctic protests were "treated better than the Russian prisoners, because the world's watching us".
"We spent two months inside a Russian jail cell and a hundred days detained for a crime we didn't commit," Harris said. "It was obscene, a complete overreaction on behalf of Russia and we should never have been there."
Freelance journalist and film maker Kieron Bryan received hugs from his brother and loved ones as he arrived in London after spending four months in Russian jail.
Freelance journalist and film maker Kieron Bryan received a welcome home hug from his brother, Russell Bryan, as he arrived in London after spending four months in Russian jail.
Bryan travelled back to Britain with four Greenpeace activists who were also freed after being arrested by Russia during an Arctic protest.
Freed Greenpeace activist Alexandra Harris told ITV News' Libby Wiener that freeing protesters and journalists arrested during Arctic protests was "the easy way out for Russia" before the winter Olympics kick off.
Harris described the prison she was held in as "disgusting", adding: "I can't believe people spend years there before going for trial. As human beings we don't deserve that."
Alex, Iain, Anthony, Phil & Kieron, safely back in the UK http://t.co/7dC26KFbY3
Five of the six British people detained over a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic have arrived back in London.
Alex Harris, Anthony Perrett, Phil Ball, Kieron Bryan and Iain Rogers arrived back at St Pancras train station from Paris.
Five of the six British people arrested over a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic have arrived at London's St Pancras Station, after spending nearly four months in Russian jail.
A sixth Briton, activist Frank Hewetson, has also been released and is travelling to another country.
Alexandra Harris, Anthony Perrett, Phil Ball, Kieron Bryan and Iain Rogers left St Petersburg today travelled from Paris by Eurostar this afternoon to meet their families in London.