Entry visas for Arctic Sunrise crew should be ready within two days - Greenpeace

Foreign crew members of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise will be able to leave Russia soon.

Foreign crew members of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise will be able to leave Russia soon.

"Visas for the foreign citizens of the #Arctic30 should be ready on Thursday and Friday," the Russian branch of Greenpeace tweeted on Wednesday.

Fourteen members of the Arctic Sunrise crew received on Wednesday resolutions from investigators on closing criminal cases regarding them, including Greenpeace Russian press office head Andrei Allakhverdov, Greenpeace tweeted.

"The following people have received resolutions for closing their criminal cases: Mannes Ubels, Peter Willcox (captain), Camila Speziale, Tomasz Dziemainczuk, Ruslan Yakushev as well as Colin Russell, the victim of the 'judicial mistake'," Greenpeace said.

Seven activists - David Haussmann, Sini Saarela, Philip Ball, Marco Weber, Faiza Oulahsen, Iain Rogers and Andrei Allakhverdov - received the resolutions later.

The Russian Investigative Committee started issuing the resolutions on closing the criminal cases against the Arctic Sunrise crew on December 24. British activist Anthony Perrett, on whom the Investigative Committee closed the criminal cases under the amnesty, will get a transit visa this week to return home.

"It is highly probable that they will be able to celebrate New Years at home," Greenpeace Russia program director Ivan Blokov told Interfax.

Russian border guards seized 30 activists and crewmembers of the Arctic Sunrise on September 19, 2013, for an attempted protest against oil drilling at the Prirazlomnaya oilrig in the Pechora Sea. The environmentalists were brought to Murmansk and sentenced to two months confinement. All of them were transferred to detention facilities in St. Petersburg on November 12. St. Petersburg courts released each of the defendants on 2-million-ruble ($60,500) bail.

The State Duma declared an amnesty on December 18 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution. The Arctic Sunrise crew and activists are eligible for the amnesty.

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