Welsh Greenpeace activist home after Russia detention

Anthony Perrett from Newport has arrived home after Russia dropped charges against 30 people involved in a Greenpeace protest over Arctic drilling.

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Greenpeace protester allowed back home to Wales

Anthony Perrett was jailed alongside 29 others in September Credit: PA Images

A Greenpeace activist detained in Russia has been given permission to return home to Wales.

Anthony Perrett, 32, from Newport was among the so-called Arctic 30 who were arrested amid claims of hooliganism.

The group, including two freelance journalists were held in jail for two months in September following a protest on an oil rig to call attention to the threat of oil drilling and climate change.

But the activists have since been granted amnesty under a new Russian law.

Mr Perrett, who was the first of the Arctic 30 to be released said:

"This was the final step. I'll be leaving for home in Wales as soon as possible now, extremely proud of what I did three months ago.

"We took peaceful action to defend a part of the world that is the heartbeat of our climate.

"The Arctic is a measure of our planet's health and I refuse to stay silent as the oil companies line up to profit from its destruction.

"Together we are saying to the oil companies that the Arctic is off-limits and that we must save this beautiful region for future generations."

Greenpeace said the non-Russian members of the Arctic 30 are expected to leave Russia over the coming days.

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