Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Harriet Harman keeps pressing, more coverage in the Times, IFJ, Free Denis

More of the Arctic 30, including the captain of the Arctic Sunrise, Peter Willcox, and British activist Frank Hewetson, have had their bail appeals denied by the Murmansk district court.


At the current rate it will be some time before all the appeals are heard. As the BBC article indicates, there are translation issues - not a surprise given the huge variety of nationalities in custody.

Monday's edition of The Times carried coverage of Kieron's letter home:

Sky News also had the story, with a few different extracts from the letter:


Kieron's MP, Harriet Harman, continues to support Kieron. She tweeted on Monday:

"Still no phone call from Kieron Bryan to his family. am protesting to @RussianEmbassy #FreeKieron"


She also submitted a question to William Hague, Foreign Secretary:

"To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when British consular officials in Russia have visited Kieron Bryan since his detention on 19 September 2013; how long each such visit lasted;  and when the next such visit will take place."

(page 28 of this pdf: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmordbk2/qbpart2.pdf)

Chris Bryant MP, Chair of the Parliamentary All-Party Group on Russia, met with Kieron's family today.

The International Federation of Journalists reiterated their support of Kieron and Denis Sinyakov:


"The decision of the Russian court to detain these men and charge them with piracy is simply absurd," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. "They are journalists and were doing their jobs. The court's ruling violates press freedom and freedom of expression and we call on the authorities in Russia to drop the charges and release the journalists immediately."

In St Petersburg, journalists protested in support of Denis Sinyakov:


Back home, Kieron's occasional football team offered their support:

A parcel for Kieron from his girlfriend was denied entry into Russia by customs today. Kieron has still been unable to call his family, which seems unfair, as Harriet Harman states. Let's hope the involvement of MPs can help to Free Kieron.