Welsh Greenpeace activist home after Russia detention

Anthony Perrett from Newport has arrived home after Russia dropped charges against 30 people involved in a Greenpeace protest over Arctic drilling.

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Anthony Perrett relieved to be back home

Anthony Perrett in Newport with his girlfriend, Zaharah Ally Credit: ITV News

Anthony Perret is enjoying his first weekend back home after being held in Russia for 100 days

He was one of five UK Greenpeace activists, held in Russia on hooliganism charges but released last week under a new Russian amnesty law.

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Releasing Arctic prisoners was 'easy way out' for Russia

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."

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Freed Brits arrive home from Russia after protest

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.

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Arctic 30 Brit describes mixed emotions over departure

One of the five Britons due back in the UK today after being detained in Russia for nearly four months says she is experiencing mixed emotions after her release.

Alexandra Harris, Anthony Perrett, Phil Ball, Kieron Bryan and Iain Rogers left St Petersburg today after being held in Russia over a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic in September.

Harris, 27, said while she was very relieved to be going home, she would miss other members of the Arctic 30 as they have become an "extended family".

Phil Ball pictured with Alex Harris at the airport.
Anthony Perrett checking in his bags as he prepares to leave for the UK.
Iain Rogers prepares to finally leave Russia after his prison ordeal.

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Freed activist says ordeal was definitely 'worth it'

A British man released from a Russian jail has said his ordeal "was definitely worth it" and that he would return to the country if needed.

Anthony Perrett, 32, will arrive in London today along with four other Britons after being held for over two months in a Russian jail after protesting against an Arctic offshore oil rig in September.

"It's been a very long 100 days. I'm quite eager to get back to Wales and sleep in my own bed and get back to work," he told BBC Radio 4's Today as he prepared to board the flight to the UK.

Anthony Perrett, from Newport in South Wales, who will today return home to the UK. Credit: PA Wire

"The existence of humanity on the planet - what price can you put on that?," he said, insisting he would feel the same if he had been convicted and served a long jail term.

The 32-year-old said while the activists had not been mistreated, the facility they were held in was like a concentration camp.

"We weren't treated like prisoners of war. It had very much the razor wire and the barbed wire and the reinforcing bar which made up the cages. It had the aesthetic of a concentration camp, not the conditions of."

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Detained Greenpeace Brits 'excited' to return to UK

Five Britons due to return to the UK today after being held in a Russian jail for over two months are excited to be coming back, Greenpeace said.

Greenpeace member Anthony Perrett will arrive in London with fellow activists Alexandra Harris and Phil Ball, crew member Iain Rogers and freelance videographer Kieron Bryan.

Russian authorities arrested 30 people in the Arctic in September.

"After 102 days it's great to have them on the way back home. We've spoken to them and they're excited to be coming back," a spokesman for Greenpeace said.

"It is a relief to their families who have gone through a difficult time."

The group were detained for protesting against an Arctic offshore oil rig owned by the Russian company Gazprom.

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Freed British Arctic 30 activist: 'We're finally, truly free'

A British woman released from a Russian jail after being detained for more than 102 days amid claims of hooliganism has described his joy at being released.

Alex Harris, who was released along with four other British men, said, "We're finally, truly, free", upon leaving the country.

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Alex Harris, Kieron Bryan, Phil Ball, Anthony Perrett, Iain Rogers & Alexandre Paul have left Russia. Alex: “We’re finally, truly, free."

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