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Russia begins closing cases against Greenpeace activists
Agence France Presse
Greenpeace activists, members of the "Arctic 30,"  (from L) Camila Speziale from Argentina, Phil Ball of United Kingdom and Sini Saarela from Finland, attend an informal meeting with  local residents in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg, on December 23, 2013.
Greenpeace activists, members of the "Arctic 30," (from L) Camila Speziale from Argentina, Phil Ball of United Kingdom and Sini Saarela from Finland, attend an informal meeting with local residents in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg, on December 23, 2013.
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MOSCOW: Russia has begun closing the criminal cases against the 30 crew of a Greenpeace ship who were charged with hooliganism over a protest against Gazprom drilling in the Arctic, the group said Tuesday.

"The first of the Arctic 30 has today heard the good news that the Investigative Committee has closed its criminal case against them," a Greenpeace spokesman told AFP, without naming the activist.

The move, part of Kremlin-backed amnesty, should pave the way for the other 29 crew to have their cases closed and allow the 26 foreign nationals charged to finally leave Russia.

 
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