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Russia begins closing cases against Greenpeace activists

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Published : 2013-12-24 19:53
Updated : 2013-12-24 19:53

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia has begun closing the criminal cases against the crew of a Greenpeace ship who were charged with hooliganism over a protest against Gazprom drilling in the Arctic, the group said Tuesday.

"Three (Greenpeace activists) have been officially informed about the closure of the criminal case," Greenpeace Russia spokeswoman Maria Favorskaya told AFP, saying that the 27 other activists charged were expected to receive similar notices soon. The move, part of Kremlin-backed amnesty, should allow the 26 foreign nationals charged to finally leave Russia.

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