The two Kiwi Green Taliban eco-terrorists are home now after being generously freed from a Russian jail in a Christmas amnesty.
The Herald reports.
Two New Zealanders who spent two months in a Russian prison following a protest at an Arctic oil platform have returned home.
David Haussmann and Jonathan Beauchamp would spend their first days home relaxing with their families, Greenpeace NZ executive director Bunny McDiarmid said.
The pair were among 30 people arrested and charged with hooliganism following the protest at a Gazprom-operated oil platform.
The group had charges against them dropped and exit visas granted as part of an amnesty, initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, earlier this month.
“I can’t stop smiling. It’s great that David and Jon are back home,” Ms McDiarmid said.
“They should never have been charged in the first place, and it’s ridiculous that they were locked up for months over a peaceful protest to protect the Arctic.
They should have been charged, had a trial and convicted. They are ratbags thinking that they have a right to attack people and companies going about their lawful business.
At least their boat hasn’t been returned.
Greenpeace says its ship, the Arctic Sunrise, is still being held in Murmansk, Russia.
The organisation wants the vessel back, but did not provide any further details.
Thirty people aboard the icebreaker were taken into custody after an attempt was made to board an oil platform owned by Gazprom in the Arctic on 18 September. The ship was towed to Murmansk by a tug.
All 30 detainees were freed this week after the Russian parliament passed an amnesty on hooliganism on 18 December. Departure visas were issued to them in St Petersburg on Thursday and Friday.
The Arctic Sunrise was built as an icebreaker in 1975 and was chartered by Greenpeace in 1995.