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Five Brits held over Arctic protest arrive back in UK

Five of the six British people arrested over a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic have arrived in London after being allowed to leave Russia.

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First 'Arctic 30' activist leaves Russia, Greenpeace says

The first of the 30 Greenpeace activists arrested after a protest over Arctic oil drilling has left Russia, the environmental group has said.

Soviet-born Swedish activist Dima Litvinov crossed the Finnish border after receiving an exit stamp in his passport.

13 others have also received the stamp which allows them to leave, Greenpeace said. The rest of the 'Arctic 30' are expected to go through the process on Friday.

On Wednesday, Russia dropped all charges for each of the 30 protesters.

"Now I'm going home to my bed, my wife, my kids and my life," Mr Litvinov said in a statement.

"I'm leaving Russia feeling like we won something here."

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