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.