Sun, Dec 29, 2013 - Page 7 News List

Greenpeace activists back home, defiant

AFP, LONDON

Russia’s Federal Migration Service said all 26 foreigners will have been given exit visas by the end of Friday. The other four activists are Russians.

Peter Willcox, the veteran captain of the Arctic Sunrise, was also expected to leave Russia on Friday. He was captain of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior ship when it was bombed by the French secret service in port in New Zealand in 1985.

Earlier, Dutch activist Oulahsen, 26, told reporters before leaving Russia on Friday that she also had “no regrets” over the protest and it had made her “even more dedicated” to save the Arctic.

However, even as the Greenpeace activists left Russia, Gazprom announced on Friday it had begun oil production at the Prirazlomnaya oil rig that was the focus of their actions.

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