All foreigners in Arctic Sunrise crew permitted to leave Russia
All foreign crew members of the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker belonging to Greenpeace have received visas allowing them to leave Russia.
"All foreigners have received entry visas and passports and are going home. Happy New Year!" Greenpeace tweeted.
Foreigners of the Arctic Sunrise crew will finish getting transit visas on Friday, the Greenpeace press office has told Interfax.
All activists are ready to continue working with Greenpeace in the future, the press office said.
"If to talk about the activities in Russia and on holding events here, it is unknown whether they will get visas to the country," the press office said.
Eight activists left on Friday, the Greenpeace tweeted. Greenpeace press secretary Dmitry Litvinov holding the Swedish citizenship was the first to leave Russia on December 26, the environmental organization said.
Russian border guards detained 30 Greenpeace activists staging a protest against drilling at the Prirazlomnaya oilrig in the Pechora Sea on September 19, 2013. The activists were escorted to Murmansk and a Murmansk court sentenced them to two months of arrest.
The activists were transferred to detention facilities in St. Petersburg on November 12. St. Petersburg courts released them on 2-million-ruble bail each.
The State Duma declared an amnesty on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution on December 18. The Arctic Sunrise crewmembers and activists accused of hooliganism were found eligible for the amnesty.