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Investigators Close Criminal Case of One Greenpeace Activist

ST. PETERSBURG — One of the activists detained in Russia's Arctic has been granted amnesty, Greenpeace said Tuesday.

The 30 people aboard a Greenpeace ship were detained at a Russian oil rig in September and were held for two months before they were released last month.

But the 26 non-Russian crew members have not been allowed to leave Russia because of a pending case against them on hooliganism charges. An amnesty law passed last week is expected to clear them of the charges.

Greenpeace spokeswoman Violetta Ryabko said investigators notified one of the 30 crew members that their criminal case had been closed, and several more were summoned to receive similar notifications. Greenpeace lawyers are now preparing to file for permission for them to leave Russia, the spokeswoman said.

Ryabko refused to name the activist who had already been granted amnesty.

The crew members were originally accused of piracy, a charge that was later changed to the lesser crime of hooliganism.

It was unclear when the activist would be free to leave Russia.

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