Greenpeace activists, including Newport's Anthony Perrett, set to be freed after Russian amnesty bill is passed

South Wales Argus: Newport Greenpeace activist Anthony Perrett pictured on his release on bail from Russian prison Newport Greenpeace activist Anthony Perrett pictured on his release on bail from Russian prison

UPDATE: 12.52PM

The Russian parliament have passed the amnesty bill which will see that Arctic 30 activists, including Newport's Anthony Perrett set free, Greenpeace have said.

 


A VOTE in the Russian Parliament which could free a Newport man and 29 other people held in the country held on hooliganism charges since September is being held at midday.

An amnesty bill for people convicted of hooliganism and rioting proposed by President Putin will have its third reading in the Duma this afternoon.

President Putin's proposal is for people convicted of hooliganism and rioting, but influential members of the Duma have pushed for it to go further and include people who have only been charged with hooliganism and rioting.

If the amnesty bill is passed, the Arctic 30, including Anthony Perrett, 32, will be released.

Greenpeace said it was “extremely likely” that the bill be will be passed, meaning the Arctic 30 will be released.

This would include the 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists who were arrested after they protested on a Gazprom-owned oil rig in the Arctic.

Alexander Remezkov, a deputy from the ruling United Russia party, told the Duma yesterday that he supported extending the amnesty to people charged but not yet convicted of hooliganism and rioting. He is the deputy head of the Duma’s legislation committee, which is responsible for the bill.

Mr Perrett, 32, was the first Briton from the group to be freed on bail by Russian authorities on November 22.

He has been unable to leave Russia since then and still faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

He is a tree surgeon and has served as a town councillor in Caldicot.

When he was released on bail, he said he would “absolutely” carry out the protest again.

He said then: “It’s good to be out. I don’t look on it as a massive victory. The mission we were here to do was to save the Arctic. We’re no closer to that.”

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12:58pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

A real British leader would have despatched the SAS in long ago to free these hostages held by Putin and his terrorists. How humiliating for Neville Chamberlain Mk.II (also known as Call me Dave Cameron).
A real British leader would have despatched the SAS in long ago to free these hostages held by Putin and his terrorists. How humiliating for Neville Chamberlain Mk.II (also known as Call me Dave Cameron). Katie Re-Registered

1:13pm Wed 18 Dec 13

blackandamber says...

I think the young man and his companions should be very relieved to have got off so lightly.
I think the young man and his companions should be very relieved to have got off so lightly. blackandamber

1:24pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

blackandamber wrote:
I think the young man and his companions should be very relieved to have got off so lightly.
Well I guess on second thoughts, considering Putin's reputation for skulduggery they were probably lucky to have not ended up poisoned!
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: I think the young man and his companions should be very relieved to have got off so lightly.[/p][/quote]Well I guess on second thoughts, considering Putin's reputation for skulduggery they were probably lucky to have not ended up poisoned! Katie Re-Registered

1:44pm Wed 18 Dec 13

blackandamber says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
blackandamber wrote:
I think the young man and his companions should be very relieved to have got off so lightly.
Well I guess on second thoughts, considering Putin's reputation for skulduggery they were probably lucky to have not ended up poisoned!
They should think their selves lucky they weren't shot out of hand. Anyway perhaps the young man can now come home to his family, not be so irresponsible and get himself a proper job.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: I think the young man and his companions should be very relieved to have got off so lightly.[/p][/quote]Well I guess on second thoughts, considering Putin's reputation for skulduggery they were probably lucky to have not ended up poisoned![/p][/quote]They should think their selves lucky they weren't shot out of hand. Anyway perhaps the young man can now come home to his family, not be so irresponsible and get himself a proper job. blackandamber

1:52pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
A real British leader would have despatched the SAS in long ago to free these hostages held by Putin and his terrorists. How humiliating for Neville Chamberlain Mk.II (also known as Call me Dave Cameron).
Any PM who did this for any offender in a foreign country would be very busy doing nothing but repatriating convicts. Presumably you think the two drug mules being held in Peru should be rescued in similar Hollywood fashion?
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: A real British leader would have despatched the SAS in long ago to free these hostages held by Putin and his terrorists. How humiliating for Neville Chamberlain Mk.II (also known as Call me Dave Cameron).[/p][/quote]Any PM who did this for any offender in a foreign country would be very busy doing nothing but repatriating convicts. Presumably you think the two drug mules being held in Peru should be rescued in similar Hollywood fashion? Llanmartinangel

4:21pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Ollie254 says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
A real British leader would have despatched the SAS in long ago to free these hostages held by Putin and his terrorists. How humiliating for Neville Chamberlain Mk.II (also known as Call me Dave Cameron).
Any PM who did this for any offender in a foreign country would be very busy doing nothing but repatriating convicts. Presumably you think the two drug mules being held in Peru should be rescued in similar Hollywood fashion?
You mean put our brave special forces lives at risk to attempt the rescue of the professionally outraged and the irresponsible.......
.I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: A real British leader would have despatched the SAS in long ago to free these hostages held by Putin and his terrorists. How humiliating for Neville Chamberlain Mk.II (also known as Call me Dave Cameron).[/p][/quote]Any PM who did this for any offender in a foreign country would be very busy doing nothing but repatriating convicts. Presumably you think the two drug mules being held in Peru should be rescued in similar Hollywood fashion?[/p][/quote]You mean put our brave special forces lives at risk to attempt the rescue of the professionally outraged and the irresponsible....... .I don't think so. Ollie254

6:04pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

Ollie254 wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
A real British leader would have despatched the SAS in long ago to free these hostages held by Putin and his terrorists. How humiliating for Neville Chamberlain Mk.II (also known as Call me Dave Cameron).
Any PM who did this for any offender in a foreign country would be very busy doing nothing but repatriating convicts. Presumably you think the two drug mules being held in Peru should be rescued in similar Hollywood fashion?
You mean put our brave special forces lives at risk to attempt the rescue of the professionally outraged and the irresponsible.......

.I don't think so.
Exactly what I meant, yes. And you're right. A completely stupid idea.
[quote][p][bold]Ollie254[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: A real British leader would have despatched the SAS in long ago to free these hostages held by Putin and his terrorists. How humiliating for Neville Chamberlain Mk.II (also known as Call me Dave Cameron).[/p][/quote]Any PM who did this for any offender in a foreign country would be very busy doing nothing but repatriating convicts. Presumably you think the two drug mules being held in Peru should be rescued in similar Hollywood fashion?[/p][/quote]You mean put our brave special forces lives at risk to attempt the rescue of the professionally outraged and the irresponsible....... .I don't think so.[/p][/quote]Exactly what I meant, yes. And you're right. A completely stupid idea. Llanmartinangel

7:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Mervyn James says...

The British penchant for sticking noses in where it isn't welcomed continues to be portrayed as some heroic gesture, really they are minding other people's business instead of their own. If they took stock for 5 minutes they would realise there is a darn sight more to be addressed in the UK before they go off telling the world what to do.

When WILL we stop telling other countries how to behave ? are we not a laughing stock already, a piddling little island off europe. with no democracy itself ?
The British penchant for sticking noses in where it isn't welcomed continues to be portrayed as some heroic gesture, really they are minding other people's business instead of their own. If they took stock for 5 minutes they would realise there is a darn sight more to be addressed in the UK before they go off telling the world what to do. When WILL we stop telling other countries how to behave ? are we not a laughing stock already, a piddling little island off europe. with no democracy itself ? Mervyn James

8:18am Thu 19 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

Mervyn James wrote:
The British penchant for sticking noses in where it isn't welcomed continues to be portrayed as some heroic gesture, really they are minding other people's business instead of their own. If they took stock for 5 minutes they would realise there is a darn sight more to be addressed in the UK before they go off telling the world what to do.

When WILL we stop telling other countries how to behave ? are we not a laughing stock already, a piddling little island off europe. with no democracy itself ?
Quite. I read that a High Court Judge has been censored by the Ministry of Truth for daring to say that the stability of marriage is important and that Cameron's favourite horse, mock marriage, is a minority matter. That's how far we've fallen.
For "Ministry of Truth" read " Quango #176987 The Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office."
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: The British penchant for sticking noses in where it isn't welcomed continues to be portrayed as some heroic gesture, really they are minding other people's business instead of their own. If they took stock for 5 minutes they would realise there is a darn sight more to be addressed in the UK before they go off telling the world what to do. When WILL we stop telling other countries how to behave ? are we not a laughing stock already, a piddling little island off europe. with no democracy itself ?[/p][/quote]Quite. I read that a High Court Judge has been censored by the Ministry of Truth for daring to say that the stability of marriage is important and that Cameron's favourite horse, mock marriage, is a minority matter. That's how far we've fallen. For "Ministry of Truth" read " Quango #176987 The Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office." Dai Rear

8:27am Thu 19 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

Sorry-for "censored" read "censured" though I've little doubt that censorship is on the agenda for the 3 virtually identical "left of centre" parties in government and opposition
Sorry-for "censored" read "censured" though I've little doubt that censorship is on the agenda for the 3 virtually identical "left of centre" parties in government and opposition Dai Rear

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