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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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Freed British Greenpeace activists at Moscow airport

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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.

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Detained Greenpeace Brits 'excited' to return to UK

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.

Russian authorities arrested 30 people in the Arctic in September.

"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.

Watch: Greenpeace activist sees 'light at the end of the tunnel'

Greenpeace protesters to return to Devon

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.

Alex Harris is expected back in the UK this afternoon. Credit: Greenpeace

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.

Journalist, Kieron Bryan has been granted an exit visa to leave Russia and is due back in the UK later today. Credit: ITV

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.

Iain Rogers from Devon has been granted an exit visa to leave Russia after all charges against him were dropped. Credit: Greenpeace

It's expected some of the British members of the so-called Arctic 30 will arrive back in the UK by Eurostar this afternoon.

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