Russian court grants bail to 9 foreign Greenpeace activists
They all are to be released while awaiting trial as soon as Greenpeace makes bail for them.
The court in St. Petersburg on Tuesday set bail at 2 million rubles ($61,500) for each of them. Greenpeace said it would transfer the money as soon as possible.
Greenpeace activists granted bail:
1. Ana Paula Alminhana Maciel (BRA)
2. Miguel Hernan Perez Orsi (ARG)
3. David John Haussmann (NZ)
4. Tomasz Dziemianczuk (PL)
5. Camila Speziale (ARG)
6. Cristian D'Alessandro (ITA)
7. Paul Ruzycki (CAN)
8. Sini Saarela (FI)
9. Francesco Pisanu (FRA)
10. Yekaterina Zaspa (RUS)
11. Denis Sinyakov (RUS)
12. Andrey Allakhverdov (RUS)
“We still have no idea what conditions our friends will endure
when they are released from jail, whether they will be held under
house arrest or even allowed outside,” Greenpeace
International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, said reacting on
news stressing that they were still “charged and could spend
years behind bars if they are convicted.”
On Monday another St. Petersburg court granted bail to three
Russians who were aboard the ship: a doctor, Ekaterina Zaspa,
freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov and Greenpeace Russia press
office chief Andrey Allakhverdov.
Greenpeace said Tuesday that it has prepared 6 million rubles (US$184,500) in bail for the three Russian crewmembers. A wire transfer of the money is required within two working days.
A separate court in St Petersburg also on Monday refused to free Australian activist Colin Russell.
“Colin was refused bail and sent back to prison for three months. The Arctic 30 will not be free until every last one of them is back home with their families," Naidoo said.
The 28 activists and two reporters from 18 different countries
were arrested on September 19 following their protest at
Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Barents Sea a day
They were first charged with piracy, which carries a possible jail sentence of 15 years. However, Russia’s Investigative Committee reduced the charges to hooliganism. The hooliganism charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years.
However, the environmental organization insists its activists are
innocent of either charge. As one of the arguments against the
piracy charges, Greenpeace said the Arctic Sunrise ship did not
breach the 500-meter zone around the platform, adding that this
could be proved by satellite data.
At the same time Russian prosecutors say Greenpeace activists “posed a real threat” to employees when they attempted to scale Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya oil platform.
Meanwhile, the presidential adviser on human rights, Mikhail
Fedotov, said on Tuesday that a two-month-long dispute over the
Greenpeace activists could be solved diplomatically and “there is
no juridical solution.”
“I think, this conflict should be settled on diplomatic level, there is no juridical solution,” Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the Human Rights Committee (HRC), said. "They did not seize anything. There was no hooliganism. There is nothing here,” he said.
The HRC chief said he will send a letter of appreciation to
general prosecution for not insisting on an extension of the
detention of the Greenpeace activists.