JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
It’s been two months since Greenpeace activists were arrested at gunpoint by Russian authorities. The so-called Arctic 30 were trying to board an oil rig which belongs to one of the world’s largest extractors of natural gas, Gazprom. One of the activists, Canadian Paul Ruzycki, was in court in St. Petersburg today seeking bail.
Now joining us to bring us up to date on the status of his case and his well-being is Patti Ruzycki. She is the sister of the activist Paul Ruzycki.
Thanks for joining us, Patti.
PATTI STIRLING, SISTER OF IMPRISONED GREENPEACE ACTIVIST PAUL RUZYCKI: Thank you for having me today.
DESVARIEUX: So, Patti, what charges is your brother facing? Can you please tell us what happened today in court?
STIRLING: Well, today in court, to the delight of our family and our entire Greenpeace family, Paul’s bail was granted. We were quite worried yesterday when one of the first detainees was denied bail. And that was followed by three of the Russian crew members, who were all granted bail. So this morning, starting at 3 o’clock in the morning, the family was on the computers watching a live feed from Russia as the detainees were brought to the courtroom and one by one, as the charges–or as the bail was requested, the bail was actually granted today.
So the family is feeling quite elated. But we also know that this is just the first step in a very long process. There might be bail, but bail will have conditions on it.
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