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Russia drops Greenpeace piracy charges

24 October 2013 Last updated at 02:49 BST

Russia has dropped piracy charges against 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists, replacing them with hooliganism charges, according to officials.

The new charge has a maximum penalty of seven years rather than 15. Greenpeace says it is still "wildly disproportionate".

Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise vessel was seized by Russian forces after activists tried to scale an offshore oil platform.

Emily Thomas reports.

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