Russia has dropped charges against the first of the Greenpeace Arctic rig protesters.
A Greenpeace spokeswoman said one of the 30 crew of their ship Arctic Sunrise was notified that their criminal case had been closed. Greenpeace lawyers are applying for an exit visa that would allow them to leave Russia.
The 30 crew were detained in September and were held in custody for two months before they were released last month.
They were originally charged with piracy, and later with hooliganism.
The 26 non-Russian crew members have not been allowed to leave Russia because of the pending case. An amnesty law passed last week is expected to clear them of the charges.