We are thrilled to learn that the brave activists who risked their lives and freedom in their efforts to save the Arctic as well as the two members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot have been granted amnesty by the Russian Parliament along with thousands of other prisoners!

We want to thank activists worldwide who stood up in protest to the outrageous arrest and imprisonment of Pussy Riot for nearly two years for exercising their freedom of speech and activists who protested the seizing of the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, and false, trumped-up charges of “piracy” with which these courageous people have been charged and held for the past four months. There were 860 protests in 46 countries, and more than 2.6 million people emailing the Russian embassy according to Greenpeace.

The sad truth we are left with in the case of the Arctic is that drilling is set to begin any day, and the fight to preserve freedom of speech is ongoing so we must persevere and fight on.  Although this move was likely a calculated one aimed at appeasing world opinion prior to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, this is a moment to celebrate and send thanks to activists and the Russian Parliament for ending this injustice!