Members of the Arctic Sunrise crew who were recently released on bail in St. Petersburg have been invited to the Investigative Committee, Greenpeace Russia press secretary Tatyana Vasilyeva told Interfax on Wednesday.
"Some crewmembers have already been invited to the Investigative Committee to discuss investigative procedures and familiarize them with some documents. Another group of environmentalists has been invited to the Investigative Committee department in St. Petersburg next week," Vasilyeva said.
The Russian Coast Guard stopped the Arctic Sunrise vessel operated by Greenpeace in the Pechora Sea on September 19 after some environmentalists attempted to protest against oil extraction at the Prirazlomnaya drilling platform.
The Arctic Sunrise was towed to Murmansk on September 24, and a local court imposed a two-month arrest on all of the 30 members of its international crew. On November 12, all these people were brought to St. Petersburg and placed in local detention centers.
St. Petersburg courts granted 2-million-ruble ($60,500) bails to 29 crewmembers, and only Colin Russell's arrest was extended.
A law enforcement source told Interfax on Wednesday that the environmentalists can move freely, including leave Russia.
Russian presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said on November 23 that the Greenpeace activists released on bail by St. Petersburg courts would be able to leave Russian territory after some legal issues are settled.
"As soon as the issue of how they can leave Russian territory is settled, I think they will leave it," Ivanov said, pointing out that the foreign crewmembers did not have Russian visas.
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