All foreign members of the crew of the icebreaker Arctic Sunrise may go home by the end of this week, the Greenpeace press service told Interfax on Thursday.
"Fourteen activists received transit visas today and the rest will get them tomorrow," the source told Interfax.
The members of the Arctic Sunrise crew are now buying their tickets and will likely leave Russia before the end of this week, the source said.
All members of the Arctic Sunrise crew have received decrees stating the charges of them have been dropped under the amnesty.
The Russian Federal Migration service earlier told Interfax that over twenty foreign crewmembers of the Arctic Sunrise had applied for visas to leave Russia.
Russian border guards detained 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, where a local court remanded them into custody for two months. 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 bail.
The State Duma declared 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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