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Greenpeace activists freed in Russia
December 25, 2013, 1:34 pm

The activists should be able to go home within days once they receive exit visas [Getty Images]

The activists should be able to go home within days once they receive exit visas [Getty Images]

As part of a sweeping Kremlin amnesty, Russia began dropping cases on Wednesday against the Greenpeace activists, detained over a September protest staged at a Russian Arctic oil rig.

16 of the 30 activists arrested were released on Wednesday afternoon. All 30 are expected to be cleared by the end of the day.

“Amnesty signed. Moonwalked out of the office of the Head of Investigative Committee,” Greenpeace activist and Dutch citizen Faiza Oulahsen tweeted after receiving her pardon.

“Had to show off the dance moves I practiced in prison.”

The activists should be able to go home within days once they receive exit visas.

The amnesty was proposed by President Vladimir Putin in early December to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution.

The so-called Arctic 30, charged initially with piracy but later with hooliganism, were released on bail in November after being behind bars for over two months for protesting oil drilling in the environmentally sensitive Arctic region.

 

Source: Ria Novosti

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