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‘We have to do more' - Greens Leader marks 30 days of imprisonment of Australian activist in Russia

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Christine Milne 18 Oct 2013

Thirty days after the Greenpeace protest vessel the Arctic Sunrise was boarded by armed Russian officials, Greens Leader Christine Milne has renewed calls for the Australian Government to do more to secure the release of citizen Colin Russell, who was today denied bail on ludicrous piracy charges.

"It is a tragedy that Colin Russell has been refused bail. It must be a frightening situation for him," Senator Milne said.

"We are extremely concerned that a Tasmanian is in prison in Russia and the Federal Government is not doing very much to help.

"I acknowledge that there is consular support for him and I am thankful for that. But what this needs is political intervention at the highest level.

"We haven't seen representations from the Prime Minister, he didn't even raise it with President Putin in Indonesia recently. Julie Bishop has not delivered the letter of guarantee.

"We have to do more. This is an Australian citizen who has been working to stop the threat of oil spills in the Arctic. We have to do more to recognise the right to non-violent environmental protest.

"I call again on Prime Minister Abbott and Minister Bishop to be in direct contact with the Russian Government to seek the release of Colin Russell."


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