Arctic Sunrise doctor released on bail

At the request of the defense attorneys, St. Petersburg's Kalininsky Court has released the Arctic Sunrise ship doctor, Yekaterina Zaspa, on 2 million-ruble bail, who is a Russian national, the moment the cash arrived, an Interfax correspondent reported.

Earlier on Monday the Primorsky District Court extended the custody of Greenpeace activist Colin Russell of Australia.

Greenpeace's Russian office welcomed the court ruling to release Zaspa on bail.

"It's good news for those who want the Greenpeace activists to remain free and not in prison pending the trial. I hope the same decision will be made with regards to the other Arctic Sunrise crewmembers," Greenpeace Russia chief Sergei Tsyplyonkov told Interfax on Monday.

He said all the charges brought against the crewmembers must be dropped. There are no reasons for prosecuting the environmentalists either on counts of piracy, or on counts of hooliganism, he said.

He said the Greenpeace action took place in the Pechora Sea. "Unlike Article 31 rallies held on Moscow's Triumfalnaya Square, that place is outside the territorial waters of our country. There was no one there to turn to for permission to hold an authorized rally," Tsyplyonkov said.

On Monday, the Kalininsky and Primorsky district courts of St. Petersburg began considering requests seeking the extension of the arrest of thirty activists of Greenpeace and crewmembers of the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise. The courts are expected to consider the cases of six people, including photographer Denis Sinyakov, within a day.

Thirty crewmembers of the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise were detained by Russian border guards in the Pechora Sea while trying to hold a protest against oil extraction activities on the Prirazlomnaya oilrig. The environmentalists were taken to Murmansk. The Greenpeace activists were arrested for two months. The environmentalists were later transferred to detention facilities in St. Petersburg.

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