Bail refused for activist
A Westcountry Greenpeace activist has been refused bail by a Russian court, the charity has said.
Iain Rogers, from Exeter, is one of 30 being held in Murmansk since their ship, the Arctic Sunrise was seized by Russian coastguards after a protest near a Gazprom-owned oil rig in September.
According to Greenpeace, his application for bail was yesterday refused despite guarantees that he and other activists being held would return to Russia for any trial.
A total of 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists are being held in Murmansk, including three from Devon; Mr Rogers, Keiron Bryan, from North Devon, and Alexandra Harris, originally from Devon. They have been charged with piracy which carries a 15-year sentence in Russia.
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