Colin Russell, and 29 other protesters were arrested at gunpoint in September, 2013, whilst protesting against oil drilling by the Russian energy giant Gazprom.
12/2/2013 6:51 AM ET
The monopoly of Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom on gas export was broken on Monday after President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law that allows other Russian producers also to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), said a document published on the government website.
‘The Arctic 30,’ as they were called, were charged with hooliganism under Russian law, which carried a potential seven-year jail term. They were freed last month after a Russian amnesty.
‘The Australian Liberal Government was going to let me go through Russia’s due legal process, but it just doesn’t exist.’ (Colin Russell)
‘If you’re accused in Russia, you’re guilty. So it wasn’t going to happen. It was always going to be a political end.’
“And I thought … maybe they should have gone into bat a little bit more for me, I think it was too little too late,” says Colin.
Colin did praise the “brilliant” consular officials, “who kept me well informed, and kept me supplied with raisins, dried fruits, and books,” he said.
Welcome home Colin.