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Alex, Iain, Anthony, Phil & Kieron, safely back in the UK http://t.co/7dC26KFbY3
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.
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.
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".
Alex Harris and Phil Ball, two of the four British Greenpeace activists allowed to leave Russia, have been pictured at Moscow airport. The protesters, plus a journalist, are set to arrive back in the UK later today.
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.
"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.
Two Greenpeace activists who have been in Russia since a protest against Arctic oil drilling is preparing to return home to Devon. Another Devon man held with them, journalist Kieron Bryan is also expected to arrive back in Britain later today.
Alexandra Harris, Iain Rogers and Kieron Bryan spent Christmas in Russia but now have been granted exit visas to leave the country.
The three had been part of a 30 strong group arrested while staging a protest, in international waters, near an Arctic offshore oil rig owned by the Russian company Gazprom.
The activists initially faced a charge of piracy, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, but that was dropped and replaced by a charge of hooliganism, which carries a maximum punishment of seven years.
It's expected some of the British members of the so-called Arctic 30 will arrive back in the UK by Eurostar this afternoon.
The parents of Kieron Bryan, the journalist arrested by the Russians as part of the Greenpeace Arctic 30 incident, say they're expecting him to arrive back in Britain tomorrow.
His father, Andy, says Kieron spent Christmas day in St Petersburg with his fiancee Nancy Thorburn.
He and the others have been given an amnesty by the Russian authorities and will face no further action.
Kieron is expected to return to London late tomorrow via Paris and Eurostar.
– Andy Bryan, father of Kieron Bryan
He was having dinner yesterday just as we were having ours.
We spoke to him on Skype, I don't think it went down too well with the diners in the restaurant in St Petersburg!
We have missed him over Christmas but plan to make up for it when he gets back.
The two Greenpeace activist and one journalist from Devon arrested in Russia over the boarding of an oil rig have been told they can come home.
Iain Rogers, Alex Harris, and Kieron Bryan heard they'd been granted an amnesty by the Russian Government last week.
– Sue Turner, mother of Iain Rogers
They all had a Christmas meal in Jamie Oliver's restaurant in St Petersburg.
I'm hoping Iain's going to be back in the next few days, but don't know exactly when.
It's fantastic news - they all have exit visas.
The three people from Devon who've been in Russia since their arrest for attempting to raise a Greenpeace banner on board an oil rig in Murmansk have received their exit visas.
It means Iain Rogers, Alex Harris, and Kieron Bryan are technically now able to leave Russia.
The Russian Parliament has granted amnesty to the 28 activists and 2 journalists involved in the Arctic 30 incident.