Greenpeace activists jailed for scaling Russian oil rig released

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Greenpeace International activist Anthony Perrett of the United Kingdom shows to journalists his passport with permission to leave Russia, near the Federal Migration Service in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Russian investigators have dropped charges against all but one of the 30 crew of a Greenpeace ship, who were accused of hooliganism following a protest outside a Russian oil rig in the Arctic. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Russian authorities on Thursday issued visas to seven of 30 members of a Greenpeace ship crew that allow them to leave the country after dropping criminal charges against them over a protest outside an Arctic oil rig.

Greenpeace said Thursday other foreign members of the crew were expected to get their exit visas soon.

The 30 people were arrested in September following a protest outside a Russian oil rig in the Arctic and spent two months in jail before they were granted bail in November.

(AP)


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