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Russia grants bail to 2 more in case against 30 arrested in Greenpeace Arctic drilling protest

  • Greenpeace International activist and captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise Peter Willcox of the U.S. listens from inside a barred enclosure at a courtroom during a hearing that is considering investigators' request to extend the detention of 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. A Russian court on Tuesday granted bail to Greenpeace protesters from Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Poland and Finland, the first foreign activists eligible to be released from jail while awaiting trial for participating in a demonstration outside a Russian oil rig.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Greenpeace International activist and captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise Peter Willcox of the U.S. listens from inside a barred enclosure at a courtroom during a hearing that is considering investigators' request to extend the detention of 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. A Russian court on Tuesday granted bail to Greenpeace protesters from Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Poland and Finland, the first foreign activists eligible to be released from jail while awaiting trial for participating in a demonstration outside a Russian oil rig. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greenpeace International activist and captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise Peter Willcox of the U.S. sits inside a barred enclosure at a courtroom during a hearing that is considering investigators' request to extend the detention of 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. A Russian court on Tuesday granted bail to Greenpeace protesters from Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Poland and Finland, the first foreign activists eligible to be released from jail while awaiting trial for participating in a demonstration outside a Russian oil rig.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Greenpeace International activist and captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise Peter Willcox of the U.S. sits inside a barred enclosure at a courtroom during a hearing that is considering investigators' request to extend the detention of 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. A Russian court on Tuesday granted bail to Greenpeace protesters from Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Poland and Finland, the first foreign activists eligible to be released from jail while awaiting trial for participating in a demonstration outside a Russian oil rig. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)  (The Associated Press)

A Russian court has granted bail to two more of the 30 people who were arrested following a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.

Greenpeace said that St. Petersburg's Primorsky Court agreed Wednesday to release Faiza Oulahsen of the Netherlands and Alexandra Harris of Britain on bail of 2 million rubles ($61,500) each.

Courts had already agreed this week to free 12 people pending trial, but refused to release an Australian activist and ordered him held until February.

The 30 people aboard a Greenpeace ship were detained in September and have been in custody ever since. It is unclear whether the foreign activists would be allowed to leave the country.

They were initially charged with piracy, but investigators later said they would be tried on charges of hooliganism.