Greenpeace activist granted bail in Russia

Alex Harris was protesting against drilling in the Arctic

Alex Harris, who was arrested by the Russian authorities during a Greenpeace protest against drilling in the Arctic, has been granted bail. Photograph: EPA

Alex Harris, who was arrested by the Russian authorities during a Greenpeace protest against drilling in the Arctic, has been granted bail. Photograph: EPA

Wed, Nov 20, 2013, 11:57

A British activist arrested by the Russian authorities during a Greenpeace protest against drilling in the Arctic has been granted bail.

Alex Harris from Devon is the first of the six Britons in the so-called Arctic 30 to be given bail, following similar decisions affecting 12 others.

The six Britons are among the 28 activists and two freelance journalists arrested by Russian security forces two months ago.

The court hearings are being held in St Petersburg.

John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace in the UK, said: “Although this process is a long way from being resolved, today’s decision by the court to grant bail to Alex will come as a huge relief to her family and friends. Our focus now will be to get the remaining activists released.

“The Arctic 30 still face absurd charges for peacefully protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic.”

Agencies