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Britons refused bail in Russia after Greenpeace protest

Britons refused bail in Russia after Greenpeace protest
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Two Britons held in Russia after a Greenpeace protest at an Arctic oil rig have been denied bail.

Kieron Bryan’s family say he is not part of Greenpeace but a freelance journalist. The videographer and activist Phillip Ball are among 30 people facing piracy charges, punishable by up to 15 years’ jail.

The court in the northern city of Murmansk ruled they should remain in detention until November 24.

It had already denied bail to four Russians held for the protest on September 18.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the activists were not pirates but that they violated international law. The head of the Kremlin’s advisory body on human rights has said he would ask prosecutors to withdraw the piracy charges.

Those arrested include American, Argentinian, Australian, Canadian, Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, New Zealand, Swiss and Turkish citizens, Greenpeace says.