Court grants Greenpeace Russia press secretary Allakhverdov bail

The Kalininsky District Court of St. Petersburg has changed the measure of restraint for Greenpeace Russia press secretary Andrei Allakhverdov.

"The court decided to release Andrei Allakhverdov on bail," Greenpeace said on its Twitter page.

His bail was set at two million rubles.

On November 18, the same court released Russian citizen Yekaterina Zaspa, who served as part of the medical crew on the Greenpeace ship, and Denis Sinyakov, a photographer, on bail as well.

Bail was set at two million rubles for each of them.

However, the Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg extended the pre-trial detention of Australian activist Colin Russell.

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.

Head of the Russian president's Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov told reporters in St. Petersburg on November 15 that the Greenpeace activists' transfer to St. Petersburg from Murmansk suggested a pending alteration in the measure of their restraint.

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