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Sunday 20 April 2014

Greenpeace campaigner given permission to leave Russia

Greenpeace International activist Anthony Perrett (R) from Britain poses with his lawyer Sergey Golubok, who holds papers certifying the termination of prosecution, after he became the first of the 30 Greenpeace Arctic activists to have the criminal case against him dropped, in Saint Petersburg, December 24, 2013, in this handout image courtesy of Greenpeace. Russia formally dropped criminal charges against the Greenpeace activists arrested in a protest over Arctic oil drilling on Wednesday, under a Kremlin amnesty extended to all 30 who had been facing up to seven years jail if convicted. Picture taken December 24.      REUTERS/Dmitri Sharomov/Greenpeace/Handout via Reuters
Greenpeace International activist Anthony Perrett (R) from Britain poses with his lawyer Sergey Golubok, who holds papers certifying the termination of prosecution, after he became the first of the 30 Greenpeace Arctic activists to have the criminal case against him dropped, in Saint Petersburg, December 24, 2013, in this handout image courtesy of Greenpeace. Russia formally dropped criminal charges against the Greenpeace activists arrested in a protest over Arctic oil drilling on Wednesday, under a Kremlin amnesty extended to all 30 who had been facing up to seven years jail if convicted. Picture taken December 24. REUTERS/Dmitri Sharomov/Greenpeace/Handout via Reuters

A British environment protester detained in Russia along with 29 other activists has been given permission to leave the country.

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

The group were held in jail for two months following a protest about oil drilling.

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

Mr Perrett, who was the first to be released, spent Christmas Day in St Petersburg before being given the news that the Russian authorities had given him a visa and his passport - which now means he can travel home.

He 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.

A spokesman added: "The 30 benefited from the amnesty without admitting any guilt. The last person to have his case dropped was Cristian D'Alessandro of Italy."

The group had been detained for protesting at an Arctic offshore oil rig owned by the Russian company Gazprom.

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