Newport Greenpeace activist Anthony Perrett set to come home as Russia drops charges

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: 18.50pm

NEWPORT man Anthony Perrett is the first Greenpeace activist to have charges against him dropped by Russian authorities.

Ex-Caldicot councillor told BBC Radio Wales will spend Christmas in St Petersburg and then has five days to leave the country.

Mr Perrett, 32, said he and 29 others held for a protest against Arctic oil-drilling were "entirely innocent" of hooliganism.

He said he and his partner Zaharah Ally, also of Newport, will spend Christmas in St Petersburg.

Mr Perrett said: "I will collect my final piece of paper of Thursday but now I've officially had the charges dropped and I've been approved to leave the country.

"So from Thursday I will have five days in which to exit Russia."

CHARGES have been dropped against the first of the Greenpeace Arctic protesters jailed in Russia.

A Greenpeace spokesperson said the first of the so-called "Arctic 30" has had the investigation against him officially dropped.

Greenpeace are applying for exit visas that would allow the group to leave Russia.

The 30 crew, including Newport activist Anthony Perret were arrested in September and held in custody for two months before they were released.

An amnesty law recently passed is expected to clear them of the piracy and hooliganism charges.

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12:47pm Tue 24 Dec 13

blackandamber says...

Old Putin must be getting soft in his old age.
Old Putin must be getting soft in his old age. blackandamber

4:11pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Willenholly says...

be home soon, I've got some fish soup waiting for you ;)
be home soon, I've got some fish soup waiting for you ;) Willenholly

12:39am Wed 25 Dec 13

robtgraham@tiscali.co.uk says...

D'you think he'll have learned a lesson?
D'you think he'll have learned a lesson? robtgraham@tiscali.co.uk

3:26pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Casnewydd lad says...

Didn't this chap say he,d do it again? Not really learnt his lesson I think
Didn't this chap say he,d do it again? Not really learnt his lesson I think Casnewydd lad

3:41pm Wed 25 Dec 13

blackandamber says...

Doubtless the ship will have full tanks of fuel oil so they can go and protest about. Well um oil for fuel.
Doubtless the ship will have full tanks of fuel oil so they can go and protest about. Well um oil for fuel. blackandamber

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