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Two New Zealanders detained in Russia after protesting against Arctic oil drilling have arrived in New Zealand.  

David Haussmann, 49, lives near Nelson and Jonathan Beauchamp, 51, lives in Australia.

They were both back in New Zealand today after being granted exit visas, Greenpeace says.

Both men wanted to spend time with their families and did not want to do media interviews immediately.

They were members of the group known as the Arctic 30, who were arrested after a protest at a Gazprom-operated arctic oil platform in September and charged with hooliganism.

Legal proceedings against the group ended after the Russian parliament voted for an amnesty for those charged.   — 3 News

*sigh*   What a time for the Russians to go soft.  Greenpeace are an economic terrorist organisation.  They interfere in the lawful operations of companies that provide employment and generate taxes and wealth for countries to pay for education, health and infrastructure.

Leaving them in a Russian jail would have sent a very clear message.  But if the Russians are going soft as well, then watch out  – Greenpeace is coming to destroy wealth and investment near you.

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