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Two Greenpeace members released on bail

Published 18/11/2013 | 19:03

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Photographer Denis Sinyakov (C) of Russia is escorted during a break in a court session before the announcement of the verdict in St. Petersburg, November 18, 2013. A Russian medic and freelance journalist Sinyakov, who were among 30 people arrested for a Greenpeace protest against offshore Arctic drilling, were granted bail on Monday in a case that has drawn fierce criticism abroad.   REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW ENERGY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Photographer Denis Sinyakov (C) of Russia is escorted during a break in a court session before the announcement of the verdict in St. Petersburg
Freelance videographer Kieron Bryan of Britain attends a bail hearing at Primorskiy Court in St Petersburg in this picture provided by Greenpeace November 18, 2013. State prosecutors asked Russian courts on Monday to extend the detention of a group of Greenpeace activists arrested over a protest against Arctic oil drilling, saying they could flee the country if they were released on bail. The request for three more months detention was filed in courts in St Petersburg, where 28 activists from the environmental group and two journalists are being held in a case that has caused concern abroad. The 30 were arrested after coastguards boarded the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise following a protest at an oil platform owned by state-controlled Gazprom in the Pechora Sea on September 18. REUTERS/Dmitri Sharomov/Handout via Reuters (RUSSIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. IMAGE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BY EXTERNAL MEDIA FOR 14 DAYS AFTER RELEASE
Freelance videographer Kieron Bryan of Britain attends a bail hearing at Primorskiy Court in St Petersburg in this picture provided by Greenpeace
Photographer Denis Sinyakov of Russia gestures from a defendants' cage during a court session in St. Petersburg, November 18, 2013. A Russian medic and freelance journalist Sinyakov, who were among 30 people arrested for a Greenpeace protest against offshore Arctic drilling, were granted bail on Monday in a case that has drawn fierce criticism abroad. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (RUSSIA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
Photographer Denis Sinyakov of Russia gestures from a defendants' cage during a court session in St. Petersburg

A Russian court has ordered two Greenpeace crew members to be released on bail but kept one in jail following a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.

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The three were among 30 people on a Greenpeace ship seized by the Russian coastguard on September 18.

The judge in St. Petersburg today ordered the release of freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov and ship doctor Yekaterina Zaspa on bail of two million rubles (£38,000) each, but declined to free Australian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell.

Investigators had asked St Petersburg courts to extend the detention period of all 30. Hearings for others on the Greenpeace boat are expected in the coming days.

During similar hearings two months ago, the rulings were the same in all 30 cases.

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