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Devon's Greenpeace protesters arrive home

Three Greenpeace protesters from Devon are back in the country after being imprisoned for two months in Russia.

Cameraman Kieron Bryan, together with Alexandra Harris and Iain Rogers were part of a 30-strong group arrested at a protest against Arctic oil drilling.

The three arrived in the UK today after being granted exit visas. They say it was possibly to avoid bad publicity in the run up to the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Freed Arctic protester describes 'torture' in Russian jail

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."

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Freed Arctic protest prisoner Kieron Bryan returns home

Freelance journalist and film maker Kieron Bryan returns home from his jail ordeal
Freelance journalist and film maker Kieron Bryan returns home from his jail ordeal Credit: ITV News

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.

Freelance journalist and film maker Kieron Bryan returns home from his jail ordeal
Freelance journalist and film maker Kieron Bryan returns home from his jail ordeal Credit: ITV News

Bryan travelled back to Britain with four Greenpeace activists who were also freed after being arrested by Russia during an Arctic protest.

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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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Five Britons pictured back in the UK after Arctic protest

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.

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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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