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Freed activist is defiant as he arrives back in UK
A CHIPPING Norton film-maker arrested in Russia says he is more committed than ever to his cause after he arrived home in the UK.
Phil Ball, 42, was one of 30 Greenpeace members detained in September after Russian troops boarded their ship, the Arctic Sunrise.
The soldiers came on board after four activists tried to board a Russian oil platform to protest about drilling in the Arctic.
Mr Ball has had charges of hooliganism against him dropped and arrived back in the UK yesterday afternoon.
The father-of-three said he was looking forward to seeing in the new year with his family.
He said: “Justice has not been done. If justice had been done, we would have been tried and found not guilty.
“We didn’t commit a crime. What we did was peaceful and we were met with violence and intimidation.
“Shots were fired at us. That is where the crime was.”
He added that he would be seeing his three children this morning for the first time in 100 days and was looking forward to doing “all the things I should have been doing for the last couple of months”.
The Duma, the Russian Parliament, had earlier this month passed an amnesty for defendants charged with hooliganism.
Mr Ball had been in Russia since the protest in September, and had been in prison until the recent amnesty.
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