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Russia drops case against Italian Greenpeace activist

D'Alessandro last Artic 30 member to benefit from amnesty

26 December, 15:37
Russia drops case against Italian Greenpeace activist (ANSA) - Moscow, December 26 - An Italian Greenpeace activists who was part of a group of 30 protestors detained in Russia for trying to scale an offshore drilling platform in September was told Thursday the case against him has been dropped.

Christian d'Alessandro was the last of the so-called Artic 30 to benefit from an amnesty approved by the Russian Parliament last week.

The crew members of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship originally faced a charge of piracy although this was subsequently softened to "hooliganism" before being dropped completely. Earlier on Thursday Greenpeace said 22 of the Arctic Sunrise's 26 foreign crew members had applied for visas to be able to lace Russia.

Briton Anthony Perrett was the first of the Artic 30 to get one on Thursday.