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Italian Greenpeace activist returns home from Russia

D'Alessandro member of Arctic 30 group of protestors

27 December, 15:26
Italian Greenpeace activist returns home from Russia (ANSA) - Moscow, December 27 - An Italian activists who was among 30 Greenpeace protestors detained in Russia for trying to scale an offshore drilling platform in September returned home to Naples on Friday.

Christian D'Alessandro was granted an exit visa earlier on Friday after becoming the last of the so-called Arctic 30 to benefit from an amnesty approved by the Russian parliament last week when charges against him were dropped on Thursday.

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. Greenpeace Italia said D'Alessandro landed at Naples airport at lunchtime Friday.

"Here we are, we've done it," D'Alessandro said before being reunited with his family.

"I'll always be grateful to the millions of people around the world who supported us over these months. "I say to Gazprom, Shell and all the companies that intend to drill for oil in the Arctic that the Greenpeace campaign does not stop here and it will not stop until this fragile ecosystem, which is so important for the earth's climate, is protected".