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Russian court releases 2 Greenpeace members

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IRINA TITOVA | November 18, 2013 01:34 PM EST | AP

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A Russian court has ordered two Greenpeace crew members to be released on bail but kept one in jail following a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.

The three were among 30 people on a Greenpeace ship seized by the Russian coast guard on Sept. 18.

The judge in St. Petersburg on Monday ordered the release of freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov and ship doctor Yekaterina Zaspa on bail of 2 million rubles ($61,500) each, but declined to free Australian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell.

Investigators had asked St. Petersburg courts to extend the detention period of all 30. Hearings for others on the Greenpeace boat are expected in the coming days.

During similar hearings two months ago, the rulings were the same in all 30 cases.