Greenpeace activists out on bail

Greenpeace activists Kieron Bryan and Alex Harris from Devon have been freed on bail in Russia. They were among 30 arrested two months ago after an Arctic oil rig protest. Another Devon detainee - Iain Rogers - is likely to be bailed soon.

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Families overjoyed at bail news

Two people from Devon arrested by the Russian authorities during a protest against drilling in the Arctic have both been given bail.

For nearly two months Alexandra Harris and Kieron Bryan have been held in a Russian jail, but now they are free, until their trial for hooliganism begins.

Their families have welcomed the developments, but still fear the outcome of their case. Another man from Devon, Ian Rogers, is still waiting to find out whether he'll get bail too. This report from Richard Lawrence.


Parents of bailed pair speak of relief

Two of the so-called Arctic 30, Kieron Bryan and Alex Harris, who are both from Devon, have been granted bail in Russia.

Kieron Bryan's parents have told ITV West Country that were delighted to see a smile on his face in the court and say they're relieved by what they see as a big step in the right direction.

Andy and Ann Bryan say they were expecting he'd be held on remand for a further three months until the hearings began yesterday.

Kieron's father and brother had been hoping to fly out to Russia this week but had a problem with their visa.

Alex Harris's parents told ITV West Country they are quietly delighted and enormously relieved too, but are keen to hear the full terms of the bail conditions.

The families say they are only too aware, that there has been no indication of whether the charges remain.

Relief for parents of Greenpeace activist bailed in Russia

Journalist Kieron Bryan and Greenpeace activist Alex Harris were granted bail in a Russian court this morning.

They've spent two months in jail following a protest at a Russian oil rig in September.

The group were originally charged with piracy, but the charges were later downgraded to hooliganism as part of an organised group, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Iain Rogers, who's also from Devon, will find out later if he too will be bailed.

Alex's parents, Cliff and Lynn Harris, were thrilled to hear the court's decision.

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British Greenpeace activist granted bail in Russia

A British Greenpeace activist arrested for protesting against drilling in the Arctic has been granted bail by a court in Russia, Greenpeace announced.

Alexandra Harris

Alexandra Harris is one of three Britons arrested two months ago after their ship was seized by Russian security authorities. She has been bailed for 2 million Rubles (£40,000).

Read: British Greenpeace activists due in court

"I've spent two months in prison. They've been the hardest 2 months of my life. Everyday is a struggle," Harris told the court earlier.

Twenty-eight activists and two journalists were arrested by the Russian authorities on September 14, including Harris.

Two other Brits, Kerion Bryan and Anthony Perrett, will learn their fate in separate hearings later today.


Decision due on Devon Greenpeace detainees

(L to R) Kieron Bryan, Alex Harris and Iain Rogers. Credit: Family photos

Three Devon Greenpeace supporters being held in Russia could find out today whether they will be released on bail. In all, 30 people were arrested after a protest on an Arctic drilling platform two months ago, and 9 foreign nationals have already been granted bail.

Kieron Bryan, Alex Harris and Iain Rogers have been charged with hooliganism.

Uncertainty over bail continues

The family of Kieron Bryan, the photo journalist from Devon who's being held for his part in a Greenpeace protest in Russia, says they still can't understand why he's facing charges of hooliganism.

Today a Russian court granted bail to another member of the so-called Arctic 30 but others must remain in custody for a further three months.

A decision in Kieron's case is now expected on Wednesday.

Seth Conway reports.

Russian lawyers fight bail for Greenpeace detainees

Prosecutors in Russia are trying to extend the detention of the Greenpeace protesters being held in St Petersburg.

The authorities are worried that if they're granted bail, they'll flee the country.

Kieron Bryan, Alexandra Harris and Iain Rogers - all from Devon - are all accused of hooliganism for their part in a protest at a Russian oil rig in September.

The Russian-owned Prazlomnaya oil platform in the Pechora Sea Credit: Greenpeace

Devon Greenpeace detainees join Shell protest

Demonstrators gathered outside a petrol station in Exeter as part of the campaign by Greenpeace to free a group of activists being held in Russia.

They claim Shell is complicit because it's a partner of the state-backed Russian oil company Gazprom.

Three people from Devon are among 30 awaiting trial following a protest at a drilling rig in the Arctic.

Parents of two of them joined the protest:

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