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Greenpeace has released video footage of the moment it claims armed Russian forces landed on their ship Arctic Sunrise and arrested the crew, lncluding three people from Devon.
Journalist Kieron Bryan, maritime engineer Iain Rogers and Alexandra Harris from Devon, are among thirty people still being held since their arrest in September.
Russian authorities say they will press additional charges against several Greenpeace activists being held over a protest at the country's first offshore Arctic oil rig.
Three of the 30 in Russian custody, Alex Harris, Kieron Bryan and Iain Rogers, are from Devon, and are charged with hooliganism.
It's reported some activists will now face additional charges of resisting law officers, which would carry a maximum five year prison sentence.
Russian investigators initially charged the activists with piracy.
They later changed the charge to hooliganism which has a maximum jail sentence of seven years.
David Cameron today called the charges "excessive" and urged president Vladimir Putin to make sure they can come home.
Families of the Greenpeace detainees are waiting to find out when their relatives will be moved to a prison in St Petersburg.
Three of the 30 people held are from Devon.
They'll next appear in court at the end of November, but It's still not clear whether the charge of piracy will be dropped.
The families will meet again at the Foreign Office on Monday.
The families of three people from Devon being held in Russia over a Greenpeace protest say they remain worried for their loved ones after charges of piracy have been reduced to hooliganism.
Although these new charges carry a lesser sentence, they could still be facing significant time in prison.
Richard Lawrence reports.
The family of one of the Devon activists jailed in Russia have today said they are not satisfied with the news the authorities have dropped piracy charges.
Yesterday relatives listened as Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox began a debate about the whole affair after promising he would do all he could to help.
Russell Bryan wants his brother Kieron released with no charge.
A debate about the Devon Greenpeace protesters being held in Russia is to be raised in the European parliament today.
Last night it was confirmed that Russian authorities had dropped piracy charges and replaced them with hooliganism.
Devon MP Geoffrey Cox says it could pave the way for their release.
The Free Kieron campaign group has tweeted to say it is "delighted" with the charges of piracy against three people from Devon including journalist Kieron Bryan, being dropped.
Russia has dropped the piracy charges against the Greenpeace supporters being held in the country, and replaced it with the lesser charge of hooliganism.
Three of those being held are from Devon.
The news comes after the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, insisted the government is doing all it can to secure their release. His comments came after criticism in parliament today, Jeff Welsh reports.
The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has insisted that the government is doing all it can to secure the release of three people from Devon, being held over a Greenpeace protest in Russia.
In the past few minutes, Russia has said it will drop charges of piracy, but replace them with hooliganism instead.
MPs have been discussing the plight of the three Greenpeace supporters from Devon who are being held in Russia.
The MP for Torridge and West Devon, secured the debate after promising to do all he could to support the families of those who were arrested onboard the Greenpeace boat.
Russell Bryan a brother of one of the detainees said: "I think we've been pleased with the turn out of the debate you know there was some very good arguments made on behalf of all the detainees in Russia."
"Harriet Harmon spoke very well for Kieron and I think we were pleased with the level of debate there was."