Wife of activist in Russia urges Australian help

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Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 10:03 PM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The wife of an Australian Greenpeace activist under arrest in Russia over a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic has urged more intervention from the Australian government to secure his freedom.

A Russian court on Monday rejected Australian Colin Russell's application for bail and ordered him held in custody until Feb. 24.

His wife Christine Russell said at Australia's Parliament House on Tuesday she was left disappointed by a meeting with Australian Foreign Department officials about the amount of government involvement the case.

She said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had not raised he husband's case with her Russian counterpart since early October.

She added that leaders of Britain, France and Germany had intervened on the behalf of their citizens among the 30 arrested by the Russians on Sept. 18.

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