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Russia Drops Criminal Charges Against The Arctic 30

Russia has dropped all but one case against the Greenpeace activists known as the Arctic 30 following a massive amnesty.

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On Wednesday, it was reported that all but one member of the Arctic 30 had their criminal charges dropped.

AP Photo/Greenpeace International, Dmitri Sharomov

The final activist's case will be reviewed on Thursday, Greenpeace said.

"The final chapter in the legal ordeal of the Arctic 30 began today," Greenpeace said in a written statement.

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All of the activists, plus two of the journalists involved, had been previously freed on bail.

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They've been granted amnesty under the same Russian law that saw the members of Pussy Riot freed earlier this week. Many people say Russia hopes this will improve the country's human rights reputation ahead of the Sochi Olympics, beginning in two months.

"We know that getting those stamps would be the best Christmas present for the Arctic 30 and we hope it can happen quickly, but until such time as they do, we still cannot say when they will leave."
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Greenpeace International activists Marco Paolo Weber (L) from Switzerland and videographer Kieron Bryan from Britain congratulate each other, after having the criminal charges against them dropped.

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