FCO Welcomes News Greenpeace Activists Allowed To Leave Russia


The Minister for Europe welcomes news that the six British Nationals, formerly in detention, have received permission to return to the UK


Published on 27 December 2013

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by The Rt Hon David Lidington MP

(WireNews+Co)

London, England

Foreign Office
Foreign Office

Speaking following the news that British activists and journalists all have permission to leave Russia, the Minister for Europe, David Lidington said:

"I am delighted that the British Nationals have been allowed to return to their families and friends. This is a welcome step from the Russian Government. We have provided consular support throughout the case and my Ministerial colleagues and I have repeatedly called for a fair and proportionate conclusion.

"I am also pleased that two members of Pussy Riot and a number of the Bolotnaya protestors have been released.

"Whilst this move is welcome, issues of concern remain with the Russian judicial system. The British Government continues to call on the Russian authorities to strengthen the rule of law, tackle corruption and promote independence of the judiciary."

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Posted 2013-12-27 10:41:00