Polish Greenpeace activist released under Russian amnesty
December 30, 2013
Tomasz Dziemianczuk, the only Pole amongst Greenpeace International activists arrested after a protest Arctic drilling at an oil rig, has received an exit visa and plans to return to Poland on December 29, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson Michał Safianik said.
Criminal charges were dropped against all 30 crew members of Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, who were detained in September after attempting to board a Gazprom drilling platform in the Pechora Sea and since then have been held in Russia.
The ecologists were first sent to Murmansk and arrested for two months.
On November 12th, all crewmembers were taken to pretrial detention centers in St. Petersburg.
Later they were granted bail, but the 26 foreigners among them had to remain in St Petersburg as the investigation against them continued.
On December 18, the State Duma declared an amnesty on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution. The Arctic Sunrise crewmembers were included in the amnesty waiving hooliganism charges filed against them.