Alexandre Paul of Greenpeace returns to Montreal today
Alexandre Paul of Montreal, was a deckhand aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise. Jiri Rezac/Greenpeace
Alexandre Paul, a Canadian Greenpeace activist who was among colleagues detained by Russia for more than three months, is due back in Montreal this afternoon.
Friday marks 100 days since Paul and 29 others — mainly Greenpeace activists — were arrested in Russia’s Arctic while protesting against offshore oil exploration in the Pechora Sea. Russian military stormed their ship, Arctic Sunrise, after several Greenpeace activists scaled a Gazprom drilling platform.
The group, now known as the Arctic 30, faced charges of piracy, which carries a possible 15-year prison term in Russia. The charges were later reduced to hooliganism, and then dropped entirely.
The group, which includes a second Canadian — Paul Ruzycki of Port Colborne, Ont. — spent six weeks in jail in Murmansk, a city in Russia’s far northwest. The group was transferred to St. Petersburg in early November.
Russian authorities granted the group amnesty on Dec. 18 and Paul received his exit visa on Dec. 26.
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