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Arctic activist freed from Russian captivity

Kieron Bryan arrives at St Pancras Station, London, after being detained in Russia as part of the so-called

Kieron Bryan arrives at St Pancras Station, London, after being detained in Russia as part of the so-called "Arctic 30" Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A former University of Sheffield student detained in Russia over a Greenpeace protest has been reunited with his family and friends after being released.

Kieron Bryan, aged 29, was among 30 people arrested and charged with piracy after attempting to climb aboard an offshore oil rig in the Arctic Ocean in a protest.

If convicted he could have been jailed for 15 years.

But on Friday Kieron, a video journalist, was among five of the ‘Arctic 30’ granted amnesty.

Kieron studied in Sheffield for four years, taking a degree in English literature before completing a one-year course in broadcast journalism in 2008.

He spoke of his relief as he arrived back in Britain at London’s St Pancras station.

Kieron, who now lives in Peckham, south London, said he had ‘no regrets’ about travelling to the Arctic but admitted he may think differently when considering future work.

“I was doing my job. I was there to report on an event that was important and deserved coverage,” he said.

“I have no regrets on taking the decision to go to the Arctic with Greenpeace to report on a peaceful protest.

“What will change is the way I approach my career and family life. I’ve put my family through the most difficult four months of our lives. I am partly responsible for that.

“I will need to make sure I take their feelings into consideration a lot more.”

“I think it was a political game we got caught up in.

“I’m obviously delighted to be released.

“I just hope the discussion about the way people are treated, the way a peaceful protest was treated and, as a reporter, how I was treated reporting on that event - we need to keep talking about it.”

 

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