The campaign is continuing to free a Chipping Norton photographer who was charged with piracy and is now being held in a Russian jail after taking part in a Greenpeace protest mission.
Dad-of-three Phil Ball, 42, from Chipping Norton, is one of 30 activists currently being held in jail in Murmansk.
The crew was arrested at gun point aboard the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise by Russian authorities after its ship approached an offshore Russian oil rig in the Baltic Sea and two group members attempted to tie themselves to it.
Mr Ball is to be detained along with the rest of the crew for two months while the Russian authorities investigate piracy charges that have been laid against them.
If convicted, Mr Ball could face up to 15 years in jail.
Mr Ball’s brother Steve spoke in an interview with ITV last week saying: “I am praying that some sort of reason will prevail but we have to face the fact that we might be trying to find ways of visiting him.”
The British Government has this week met with Russian representatives to discuss their concerns over the detentions and many celebrities have joined a growing national campaign to free them. Greenpeace lawyers are also petitioning the Russian authorities to have the activists released.
Responding to the crew’s arrest, Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said: “A charge of piracy is being laid against men and women whose only crime is to be possessed of a conscience. This is an outrage, it is abominable.”
For latest updates on the campaign to release the crew of the Artic Sunrise go to www.greenpeace.org